SHOULD I PAINT OR DO MY FLOORS FIRST?
It is usually beneficial to paint AFTER all flooring work is complete whether your project calls for ripping up existing floors or sanding and refinishing. It is also avoids your painter having to come back for a separate trip to paint the base boards.
WHAT IS ENGINEERED HARDWOOD?
Engineered hardwood floors are wooden floors made with multiple layers of wood adhered together, rather than one plank cut from a single timber, to create flooring planks available in multiple sizes and thicknesses. The top layer, often referred to as the veneer, is made of the species of wood desired to be seen. The bottom layer is also made of wood, but not necessarily the same species as the top layer. In the middle is a core built from 5 to 7 layers of plywood that crisscross in different directions. This crisscross construction of the core layers creates a highly stable core that is less likely to expand, contract or shift when exposed to moisture, humidity and temperature. This makes engineered wood flooring a great option in rooms that are subject to moisture (like basements) or over concrete slab and radiant heating systems.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCREENING & SANDING?
Screening is a process that takes off the top layer of polyurethane but doesn't remove any wood, therefore this process will only remove superficial and surface scratches on the top coat of the polyurethane. A sand and refinish has the ability to sand out surface and other deeper scratches since it is being sanded down to the raw hardwood. This gives you the option of choosing a different stain color, while screening does not.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PREFINISHED AND UNFINISHED FLOORING?
Prefinished hardwood flooring is finished during the manufacturing process and will be ready for immediate installation after the product has acclimated to your home's temperature for about 5-7 days. Unfinished hardwood flooring (aka site finished) is delivered to your home unfinished to be sanded, stained, and then sealed and finished with a protective layer of polyurethane on the job site in your home.