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Wood Floor Finishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Chad with Har•dy Counters & Floors has worked on over 1000 hardwood floors and Sioux Falls wood floor jobs.  Every home, every species, and every customer is unique and it takes experience to know what application is needed to sand and refinish your floor.

At Har•dy we offer 2 methods of refinishing:

  1. Recoat; a recoat is a thorough cleaning and a light sanding along with 1-3 coats of urethane applied over the existing finish. Process takes 1-2 days
  2. Full Sanding; this is the traditional method of sanding down the floor 1/16” to 1/8” of an inch. This process removes the old finish and a thin layer of hardwood of the top. Process takes 3-5 days.

hardy_floor9What process is right for you? Typically if your floor just seems dull or there just appears to be wear arrears then a recoat may be all you need to replenish the look of the floor and seal it to protect it from further damage.

If the floor has scratches or stains that appear to be deeper than the finish then a full sanding is more than likely needed. Average costs are $1.50 to $2.00 a sq foot for recoats and double that for traditional sanding.

With over 1000 installed Sioux Falls wood flooring jobs under our belt, we have some examples to show you. Check out the pictures below for before and after shots and pictures of completely custom and new floors. Many of these jobs are Sioux Falls Flooring jobs with happy customers!


Wood flooring installation is generally thought to be a simple process. After all home builders have been installing wood floors for hundreds of years. While its not equivilant to passing the bar exam there is a lot more to it than that. hardy_floor11Generally wood flooring is not cheap, especially any product that was manufactured correctly and milled right. So, if we are to pay high prices for material you’ll want to make sure you take all necessary steps to ensure you don’t void the warranty. Material specifications vary from product to product but here are some more common precautions that will need to be done to have a successful install and to claim a product warranty if need be.

Pre Installation

  1. Product acclimation; The flooring must sit in the area to be installed at least 72 hours or longer depending on the humidity or manufacturer recommendation.
  2. Moisture reading; the sub floor must have a safe level of moisture before laying underlayment or tar paper. Wood sub floors usually need to be below 14% and concrete needs to read below 200 on a digital scale, a calcium chloride test may also need to be done on the concrete.
  3. Leveling; if you would like your floor to be flat there will usually need to be some leveling done to the subfloor. Whether it’s a wood sub floor or a concrete floor prep work may need to be done to fill low spots or sand/grind high spots.


  1. Layout; the layout is essential. You must find a square line to start your first row, this is done by measuring the room’s lengths and widths. Then you need to guestimate how many rows it will take to cross the room and how wide of a row you will end up with. Often times the last row has to be at least a certain width to qualify for product warranty.
  2. Sub floor thickness; it is important to know which way your floor joists are running. Depending on how thick your subfloor is you will probably need to install the hardwood perpendicular to the floor joists. There’s a couple reasons for this but mainly because that’s what most product warranties call for.
  3. Expansion joints; all product calls for expansion joints. It’s important to leave small gapping from the flooring to the walls. Wood floor expand and contract throughout the life of the floor. If unable to do so the floor will buckle or may even become unfastened from the subfloor.
  4. Under cutting jams; a professional install has all the flooring running under the trim and under the door jams. No gap should exist in these areas.
  5. Top nails; in the past it was common to top nail the last 2-3 rows of flooring because most staplers are unable to work that close to the wall. Modern tools have made it possible to get next to the walls without top nailing. There are more steps/precautions to take depending on whether you are installing hardwood, engineered wood or laminate. These are the most common and if followed properly it will be difficult for the manufacturer to get out of warrantying the material!


We’ve become experienced with just about every floor you could possibly dream of, and this is why we are the top Sioux Falls flooring company, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can certainly help you out. C

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