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Fir floors refinishing

Posted by suz16 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 19:32

I am having my floors refinished this week. The house is a 1905 American Foursquare. You can see into every room from the middle hall. All the floors seem to have been refinished at one time and not well. There are some spacing issues, nails bleeding through and marks made by a runaway sander. So, floors are already thin. The back room and living room may have been carpeted. They don't look as worn as the dining room and hall which have water damage and traffic marks especially in the doorways. I don't love the color of the back room and living room which is kind of a pinky orangy hue, but I think I can learn to live with it. I would like to just have the two worst floors refinished. Is this a mistake? The dining room has full length fir boards which are worth trying to save, I believe. The floor man wants to use 3 coats of oil polyurethane, in satin finish. Will this look matte or have a sheen to it?

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RE: Fir floors refinishing

This is where you really need to trust the judgement of your floor man. I hope you've seen his work in old homes and verified his references. I think the modern water based polyurethanes are superior to the oil, but that's just me.

RE: Fir floors refinishing

I re-posted my query on the flooring site, and added some pics.
This flooring guy is one of my heros since he rescued someone I know from a disreputable contractor, and did a beautiful job. The contractor tore out a floor in their condo and left them in a homeless situation for three months, because he used such flimsy materials that the floor was unsafe to walk on. The sanding, staining and first coat of poly was done today. After the sanding, it looked great and I wished I had done all the floors, but after the poly it didn't look all that much different from before. I could only see it partially of course, since it's roped off. Well, at least I bought the floor some more time. I hope I look that good at 109, and someone appreciates me!

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