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The answer to this question will mostly depend on what is most important to you. If you’re looking for the most economical solution, we will probably recommend a single component water-based urethane or oil-modified urethane system. If you have large dogs and scratches are your primary concern, we will recommend our conversion varnish system which uses a different resin that tends to scratch clear. If you’re concerned about smell and fast dry & cure times, then we will recommend our catalyzed water-based urethane system. We cater our finishing systems to our clients’ needs instead of only providing one solution that is easiest for us. Please visit our refinishing page for more information about the finishing systems that we provide and their respective strengths.
This is a topic we take very seriously and we have invested a significant amount of money into our solution. Everyone today offers some form of dustless refinishing but I can assure you that the solutions vary in effectiveness by a large margin. We’d like to invite you to see our equipment in action or read our online reviews on Google to decide learn more about our process. You can also see how our patented vacuum systems work here.
Stain samples will be shown directly on your floor. Your signoff will be required before we stain your entire floor. We have found this to be the most accurate way to show color options. Most of the time we can schedule this activity on the first day of the refinishing process. If you have samples that you would like to have us match, please provide them ahead of time and we can work on the color match in our shop prior to the start of your project.
- Clean & Coat – less than a day with a couple of hours dry time
- Refinishing – three to five days depending on size, stain, and chosen finish
- Installation – We typically install 400 to 500 square feet each day
- Our estimators will provide a project plan once the scope is approved and ready to be scheduled.
- Clean & Coat – The minimum fee for this service is $750 and this will usually cover any project 500 SF or less. Projects larger than 500 square feet, we usually charge $1.50/SF.
- Refinishing – The minimum fee to have your hardwood floors refinished is $2000 and this will cover most projects up to 400 square feet. The per square foot price can vary depending on several factors; stain color, location of job, size, layout, selected finish, trim, appliances, etc.. The average per square foot price for most of our refinishing jobs is $4/SF.
- Installation – Prices can vary greatly depending on the grade and species of the chosen hardwood, removal of existing flooring, floor preparation, and size. A complete site finished project with standard red or white oak will start around $9/SF. If you have purchased a pre-finished product and need a professional to install it, this starts around $3.50/SF.
- These prices are general and provided to help our customers get a ballpark idea. For a more accurate quote, please call us today to have an estimator come to your home.
Our employees do not move furniture because of the liability. We have partnered with professional moving companies that can move your contents in and out of the house. You will need to provide garage space or a POD (portable storage). We will coordinate the moving company and schedule their services.
Most of our finishing systems require 2-3 hours of dry time before you can walk on them with sock feet. However, the cure time can vary significantly. Our fastest curing finish is a two-component water-based urethane that requires approximately 5 days to fully cure. Our popular conversion varnish finishing system is a bit slower and won’t fully cure for 30 days. Most of the time we recommend a 48-hour window to allow the finish to setup before moving the furniture back into place with felt pads. Area rugs will need to wait until the finish has fully cured.
Most of our clients will provide us with a garage access code or a key. We can set a lockbox on the front door. We prefer not to deal with garage door openers since they could potentially get lost as they transition from one crew to another. Most of our crews make several stops each day and we can’t guarantee they will be there at a certain time each day.
This will depend on the finishing system that you have selected and the layout of your home. Our low VOC water-based urethane system will allow you to stay in the home during the refinishing process. However, there may be a few nights where you won’t be able to walk on the floor, like when it has been freshly stained. If your floorplan will allow you to stay in the house without walking on the floor and you have selected our fast drying, low VOC urethane finish, then you will be able to stay in the house. Your project manager at Kimminau Floors will indicate which nights are safe to walk on the floor and which nights cannot have foot traffic. We will try to be as accommodating as possible.
It is not uncommon for floors to develop cracks, especially wider planks, because wood naturally expands and contracts in correlation to the relative humidity fluctuations from season to season. The Kansas City area can go through some pretty drastic RH swings from season to season. Small cracks usually form in the winter when the RH drops and floors will often expand and potentially cup during the summer months when the RH is at its highest point. We recommend installing a humidification system on your furnace to inject moisture into your home’s environment during the winter months and potentially a dehumidifier during the humid summer months to suck moisture out of the air. Maintaining a consistent humidity level throughout the year will keep the expansion and contraction to a minimum.
Here in the Midwest, our wood floors are subjected to drastic humidity changes throughout the year. It is not uncommon as the wood expands and contracts for the hardwood planks to loosen a bit. The most common cause for a squeaky floor is an improperly fastened sub-floor or commodity grade subfloor panels that do not have much holding power for the fasteners. Usually we can eliminate the squeaks by securing the sub-floor into the floor joists to minimize movement. This can be accomplished by using trim screws through the face of the planks or if the basement is unfinished, we can secure the sub-floor to the joist from below using shims, adhesives, or screws.
No other type of flooring offers the warmth and beauty of hardwood. Wood flooring enhances the design of any room and its timeless beauty will increase in value throughout the years.
Hardwood floors are easy to maintain. With new technology in stains and finishes cleaning takes little more than sweeping and/or vacuuming, with the occasional use of a professional cleaning product for wood floors.
Wood floors are ecologically friendly and healthier than other flooring. Since wood is a natural resource, it is renewable and recyclable. Many old wood ships, warehouses, barns, and other structures are getting a second life as rustic wood flooring. And, because wood is smooth, it does not collect dust and other allergens, so many leading health associations agree that wood floors are the better option for a healthy home.
Wood floors are affordable. When you look at the longevity of a wood floor vs. other types of flooring, wood just can’t be beaten. True, the initial costs of a hardwood floor may be higher than other floor coverings but they won’t maintain the beauty and value of hardwood floors. Wood floors will last a lifetime.
Wood floors offer variety. There are hundreds of styles, colors and species of wood floors available today. From traditional oak to rustic pine to trendy Bamboo, you’re sure to find the floor that fits your style.