Who Is R.C. Hardwood Floors?
We are a family owned and operated hardwood flooring business with over 25 years of experience. We specialize in custom wood flooring borders and inlays. We take pride in our work, each project is created as if it were for our own home.
If you are in or around the Hudson, Massachusetts, area, please call us for a free estimate!
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R.C. Hardwood now offers a complete Dust Containment System for all hardwood services performed.
Sanding, buffing, 90% dust free....What Does That Mean For You?
No more dust on your walls after having floors sanded, resanded or buffed prior to refinishing! The Dust Containment System is a vacuum system created specifically for the hardwood flooring business. The vacuum actually attaches to the sanders and buffers used in hardwood flooring and removes any dust created from the sanding and buffing work as the work is being done. Virtually no clean up is necessary after having your floors refinished!
What Else Can R.C. Hardwood Do For You?
Exotic Wood Installation
Custom Inlays to fit any decor
Sanding & Finishing
Buffing & Coating
Pickling, Bleaching & Staining
All Services 90% Dust-free!
Do you need to re-do your floors?
Unfinished vs. Prefinished
Choices of Hardwoods
Refinishing a wood floor is a great way to increase the value of your living space. Sometimes, a floor with shallow scratches or a dull surface only needs a top coat of finish.
Other times, refinishing isn't enough and whole boards need to be replaced. If the floor feels spongy, sags, or if floor boards are buckled/warped, then consider replacing them.
If scratches or dings are in the wood, refinishing is the next step. However, a wood floor can only be refinished so many times because each sanding takes off more wood. Check at floor edges or around a heat register to see how much wood remains.
Unfinished flooring pieces are "raw" boards that haven't been finish sanded, stained, or sealed. Many unfinished floors are professionally installed in newly constructed homes. Unfinished wood is susceptible to swelling if it gets too much moisture. Therefore, avoid unloading it in rain/snow or exposing it to other damp conditions. Also, store unfinished boards in a dry, well-ventilated area and allow it to acclimate at least two days before installation.
Pre-finished flooring comes already sanded and sealed. It resists moisture and won't shrink or swell much. It's installed much like an unfinished floor, but takes some extra care to avoid scratching the surface. Prefinished flooring is a bit more expensive than unfinished flooring and only comes in a limited number of colors. The surface isn't sanded right after installation so it may not be as smooth as an unfinished floor installation. Yet, prefinished flooring is a great remodeling choice because once it's installed, it's done. There's no hassle with sanding or fighting dust to put on finish coats.
Hardwood is a classic flooring choice for many folks. It gives a floor natural beauty and feel that few man-made materials can match. Hardwood flooring comes in a couple different widths and grades.
Strip flooring is typically narrow pieces of wood up to 2 3/4" wide. Plank flooring is wider, generally up to 7".
Some wood like maple and birch are ranked as being First, Second, or Third. Oak is the most popular hardwood choice and judged as follows:
Clear is wood that has very few flaws or character marks.
Select has a bright grain, a few flaws, and most pieces match well
No.1 Common has both light and dark pieces, some marks.
No.2 Common allows for all character marks; like knots, worm holes, and discoloration
If you want an immaculate, uniform floor, consider spending more to get one of the premium grades. If you want to add character and warmth to a room, the Common grades are good choices.