Would you ever drive a pink Lexus? Probably not.
Imagine all you have is $200 (two hundred) and want to buy a dark brown bike from Canadian Tire. You go to the store and here is a deal - a pink Lexus, for $200 (two hundred).
Would you buy and drive that pink Lexus now?
WOCA Oils are the most superior finish available, outperforms any other finish available, the most beautiful, the most durable, longevity - your floor will never need to be re-sanded again, eco-friendly etc. The only disadvantage - the colours, might not have the colours you are looking for. What if it performs like a pink Lexus over a medium brown bike from Canadian Tire for the same price?
Still care about the colours?
I often encourage my potential clients to get three estimates.
Once you have your three estimates you'd need to carefully compare them with each other. Here are some tips to help you to do that:
I also strongly encourage you to do your research BEFORE you contact me and ask me to come out for an estimate. There is nothing more annoying than meeting a client somewhere as far as Carstairs who has no clue what I do. Wasting your own time is one of the things most people hate, and I am not an exception. I'd rather spend that time with my wife and children.
So again, please note:
Make sure you are comparing apples to apples!
If you are still reading, here is a great WOCA brochure, it's about their commercial projects around the world:
Until few years ago, polyurethane was the only option for a finish. Luckily there is WOCA supplier here in Calgary- Magna Hardwood Flooring.
What is WOCA? It's penetrating oil that does not create a plastic film on a wood surface. It's very eco-friendly and your floor will never need to be re-sanded again. Read more here...
Take a look at the file/brochure. More and more businesses are turning towards WOCA as a finish option because re-sanding is wrong. Yes, re-sanding is wrong. I've been sanding floor for quiet a few years now and I can say again: re-sanding is wrong. Imagine that floor on a railway station in London UK (see the brochure), with so much traffic, can they afford (time) re-sanding the floor every 6-12 months? They will need a brand new floor in 2-3 years, is that something they want to do?
For you as a homeowner WOCA Oils might be appealing because they are very eco-friendly, floors are easy to maintain and repair, and again your floor will never need to be re-sanded.
Based on my personal values, expectations and experience, WOCA oils are the most superior finish available and the only finish people should use.
But be prepared, there are limitations: there are colored oils/stains that work on White Oak only. Red Oak can take some light colors. For other types of wood I'll have to use natural oils. It also takes longer for a project to be completed as the oil needs additional 3-5 days to cure. Cost-wise, I charge $5.00/sq.ft. for most of the floors, so it's not much more expensive that a polyurethane option.
I hear lots of comments from people who do not check my web-site first that WOCA colours are not good for them and they need something different. I'm sure it's all to do with your priorities. WOCA will make your floor very different: very durable, easy maintenance and touch-ups, no future re-sanding etc, plus being natural/eco-friendly. However if all you looking for is the colour, then you should be contacting someone else.
Talking of cars: Landcruiser or Lexus are the super reliable vehicles, those are the qualities that matter to me. Do I really care what colour they are? Still there are people out there who buy Ford.
Imagine your WOCA floor costs about the same as any other floor?
Another example: I'm looking to buy a small tractor (really). Do I really care what colour is it going to be?
Once again: there is nothing more beautiful than a natural floor. Why do you want an apple that looks like a banana?
As of January 1st, 2017, I do not answer my phone (most of the times). All inquiries to be made via my email on the contact page.
The last thing you want me to do when I'm working on your floor is to answer calls and send emails.
All emails will be answered after hours when I get home.
Only if you are an existing client, leave a message when you call, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Two days ago got a call from a builder (Ultimate Renovations): we have two houses, please come to redo them. No, thank you, have no time for you. Do your homework before, not after.
I've had 10(ten) calls within the last four weeks asking me to come and and redo the floors after someone. I have absolutely no time to do that. Smarten up, calgarians!
Couple of days ago I got another call: we hired another refinisher who didn't show up to start on the project for two days. The furniture and appliances are out, could you please come and save us?
No, thank you. I have enough work to keep me busy for a while. I asked them why they hired that guy and if they checked his reviews.
Anyways I suggested to bring all furniture in and hire (and wait for) a reputable company as it is impossible to get someone decent on very short notice!
Couple of days ago I got two calls (the same day) , they were very unhappy with their floors that were just refinished, and they asked me to come to fix them.
I did asked why they hired those contractors initially.
One of the callers was very honest, she said she hired that guy because she was an idiot. When I asked about the name she refused to give it to me. Yes she was very honest...
The other caller said that those guys were recommended to her by someone.
What I want you to understand is that you have to do your homework first, check the reviews etc. By checking the reviews I mean reading the reviews and trying to determine if they fake and not just checking the number of stars. For example see my reviews and reviews posted on Mare's Hardwood Flooring:
7 months ago
I love my new floors. They match beautifully with my walls.
6 months ago
He work like magic its insane what he can do, my floors will never look the same.
7 months ago
Great quality with great service 10/10 😀😍
7 months ago
10/10 love my new floors
7 months ago
People finally think my floors look nice. Thank you mare's hardwood flooring, you changed my life forever
See the difference ???
Please do you research first, it's too late to call me after the fact.
Do not be tempted to hire someone cheap, floor refinishing can't be cheap.
Many people may think or are told by the other flooring companies that an oiled floor is a high maintenance floor.
Here is my answer. Your new oiled floor is not a high maintenance floor. However, you do have to use some specials cleaners and you do have to re-oil high traffic areas ones every few years (3-5 years) so your floor looks as new again.
Here is a good comparison I have been thinking about for some time.
When you buy a new car, you probably want it to be beautiful and reliable. To make sure it continues to be that way you take it to a car wash AND change the engine oil every 5 to 10 thousand kilometers.
Same with your oiled floor, you clean it and re-oil high traffic areas.
You might say, that a polyurethane finished floor does need no regular maintenance. Yes, this is true. However, a polyurethane finished floor does need to be re-sanded and refinished every 10- to 15 years.
Not your oiled floor, that you keep clean and re-oil. The only time you would want it re-sanded and refinished is when you want to change the color.
Coming back to the car example. To make sure your new car lasts, you clean it and change the engine oil at least. You do not run it without changing the oil and then buy a new car in a couple of years because the engine is killed.
Not everyone is the same or does the work the same way. I know it's hard to understand. You would think like changing the oil in your vehicle, that is done more or less the same way by any mechanic you take it too.
However, hardwood floor and stairs installation, and especially refinishing is more like an art rather than a straightforward task.
Think twice who you are going to let to touch your floor. My reviews are posted by real people on my Google+ page.