It's time to share some of my thoughts on natural floors with you.
Let's define it first. In majority of cases natural floor is a floor that has clear finish on it. The finish can be either oil or water-based. Each would have a different look over the time.
Water-based finish would make your floor very yellowy-pale, you would 'loose' the grain. I had a project in March, they hated their natural floor, so decided to use some Provincial stain.
Oil-based finish would have that traditional, old yellowy-orangy look. Not many people like.
On my last project they wanted to have a pure natural floor, that doesn't change the color over the time. The only solution was using the stain. Bona came up with Natural stain. Take a look at the pictures.
I'll upload some more pictures when I get a chance.
Many times I've been asked: which floor to choose, prefinished or site-finished.
I believe that the floor should be site-finished.
It's like choosing a vehicle: people who want to have less troubles down the road buy something made by Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi etc. However there are people who buy Ford, Dodge and Chevy. I'm not saying that the last three are worse, I am saying that people generally have more issues with them at a higher mileage.
I thought I'd quickly review the hardwood refinishing prices in Calgary, AB.
As you know they range anywhere from $2.00/sq.ft to $7.00/sq.ft.
Why is that?
There are few things you should know about:
1. there are two kinds of companies out there - contractors including myself, who do the work themselves or with helpers; and bigger companies with showrooms, warehouses, bunch of salespeople etc. who always subcontract the work. Obviously they would charge more, as there is a basic charge by a subcontractor plus a mark-up (huge in some cases).
2. let's leave those bigger companies behind and talk about contractors (guys who actually do the work) - not everyone is the same or works in the same way. Cheaper guys tend to skip on essential thing in sanding, prep work etc. ,so they spend less time doing the work.
3. finishes and lacquers - there are quiet a few finishes and lacquers available. They range from $20.00 to $250.00/gallon. As a customer you are rarely given an option and left wondering why they charge different prices.
4. your actual floor - it takes way longer/ costs more to refinish pre-finished floor vs. site-finished or new unfinished. Stained floor would cost more than natural.
5. cash deals - I hope you understand that those prices are at least 20% lower 'legal' prices.
My promise to you: I'll never be the cheapest guy out there as I use more expensive finishes ($115.00-$250.00/gallon). I do promise to provide you with very reasonable prices though.
I'm starting to work with natural OSMO finishes.
I was at Community Natural Foods the other day and realized how many people are conscious about their health. Well, you have the opportunity to have your floor refinished with natural OSMO finishes!
Feel free to contact me.