Dustless Hardwood Floor Refinishing Vancouver
Whether you have an old, existing hardwood floor that has seen better days, or we have just installed a new unfinished hardwood floor: Raincoast Floors Ltd. is your Vancouver hardwood floor refinishing expert. Our mission is to leave you with a perfectly sanded and finished floor, and a clean house that is not contaminated with toxins.
While refinishing your hardwood floor, we will be removing a large garbage bag of sanding dust from your hardwood floor. The good news is that more than 99.9% will go straight from our sanding machines into our high powered vacuums which, in turn, delivers the dust into garbage bags that are separated into contaminated and non contaminated bags. As part of our waste reduction program, the non contamintated sanding dust diverted from the landfill and composted for vegetable gardens. Residual airborne sanding dust will go through our Hepa filtered Air scrubbers.
Over the years, Raincoast Floors has developed many techniques to get you the exact colour that you want. After you have selected a colour tone, we will advise you on the various finishing options to add depth and polish to the finished product.
We offer a wide variety of hardwood floor refinishing options. Everything from Ceramic finishes, catalyzed water based polyurethane, burnished penetrating oil, liquid wood wax top coat to European hardwax oil hybrids. Different finishes work best with some species and look very average with others. We’ll bring you up to speed.
FLOOR FINISHES AND YOUR HEALTH
In regards to Environmentally friendly floor finishing, people are generally referring to the immediate and temporarily persistent toxic gases that are emitted while the finish is applied and cures in your house. Generally, oil based polyurethanes finishes will off gas for 1-2 weeks and Water based urethane finishes will off gas for 1 week. The most common measurement for the toxicity of the gases is called VOC, or Volatile Organic Compounds that is measured in grams/litre.
Generally speaking, Raincoast Floors Ltd. does not use any products that emit a high level of VOC’s. The only product we do use that emits a significant amount of VOC’s is our penetrating oil stains, 531 grams/litre. While this is not an egregious amount, we do not recommend sleeping in your house on the evening after we apply the stain. The reason that we make this trade off is because we are not happy with the colouration and depth of water based stain alternatives. Please keep in mind that the majority of the off gasing in the hardwood floor refinishing process takes place in the first 8 hours and becomes gradually more dilute until the 100% cure has been reached in 1- 2 weeks. It should also be noted that the air you breathe outside contains VOC’s: the trick is to avoid high concentrations in enclosed areas.
If VOC’s is of paramount importance to you and your family, then we proud to offer Eukula Oil and Eukula Hardwax oil. These products conform to the incredibly stringent German air quality regulations while offering a gorgeous, breathable finish. If you are interested in a static, protective surface finish we are proud to offer water based urethane finishes that emit 275 grams/litre of VOC’s.
Have a look at a couple of antique hardwood floor restorations with the more environmentally friendly finishing possible:
As certified professional hardwood floor installers, Raincoast Floors knows how to repair any type of issue to the highest professional standard. One of the main advantages of site finished hardwood floors is that they can almost always be repaired. We will work with you to consider a variety of solutions that take in account expense and integrity of the floor.
Have a look at a creative solution we came up with to repair a broken antique fir stair tread: