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Reasons to Have a Professional Do Your Hardwood Finish

There’s something about wood floors that people just love. Maybe they feel a connection to nature with the wood underfoot or they marvel at its natural beauty. One thing’s for sure: it’s better to have a professional do your hardwood finish than for you to attempt to do it yourself!  Frustratingly

Hardwood floor finishing/refinishing is something that takes time and experience to master. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to give the job to someone who has been doing it awhile, knows what they’re doing, has the tools and supplies to do it, and… isn’t you! Rather than try to save money and do it yourself, this is one of those times when you’re better off paying a professional to handle the messy and involved job.

To finish/refinish hardwood floors involves sanding, staining and applying the finish, and whomever does it has to be precise. One little mistake and you’ve got an awkward/ugly floor problem that can’t simply or cheaply be fixed.

Pros get the job done faster than do-it-yourselfers. For pros, it’s their job. For others, it’s their challenge. Even if you think you could do it yourself, you’d have to buy equipment and materials which a professional already has. You’d also have to learn how to actually do the job, from asking others, consulting books and/or watching videos. That’s a time-consuming process. Also, you’re likely to use smaller, less efficient machines to do the job, while a professional brings in heavy equipment that gets the job done better.

Have you ever been in a room where an amateur did traditional sanding? It kicks up a lot of dust. Someone has to clean up that dust. Professionals, on the other hand, have dust containment trailers to control most of the dust– they’re cleaner and more efficient.

Scerri Quality Wood Floors & Paint has been serving the New York City/Westchester area for over 30 years. Please use our contact page if you have any questions about hardwood floor finishing:

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing our Hardwood Finish

Scerri Quality Wood Floors (& Paint) is known for offering New Yorkers the best walnut and mahogany wood flooring on the market today, as well as patterned hardwood flooring that will look great in your home.

When choosing a hardwood finish, there are several things to keep in mind. Most hardwood flooring is installed having already been “pre-finished,” which means it was stained elsewhere. That said, people like to pick out the kind of finish they’d like.

Choosing floors involves thinking about a number of factors. First, will the room (or rooms) it’ll be in be quite humid? Certain woods and finishes work better for bathrooms, laundry rooms and mudrooms. Plank-width is also a consideration– do you want narrow planks (the traditional look) or wider planks measuring 4 to 6 inches? What about “parquet flooring?” This involves geometric patterns on the flooring.

As for finishes and stains, consider that each type of wood has its unique natural color. Woods can range from light blonde to dark black, and how they end up looking in homes is ultimately mitigated by their finishes. For instance, there’s the “hand-scraped” look, which gives flooring an antique look. The opposite style, therefore, is the very clean and shiny finish. For the record, hardwood can be refinished several times over the years, and, in general, it ages well.

Did you know that floor finishes are usually made, in part, from oil or polyurethane? Oil-based finishes have a “matte look” to them, while the polyurethane ones are harder and more scratch resistant. One advantage of oil finishes is that spot touch-ups can be done to them if needed.

When you talk with someone from Scerri about hardwood finishes and such, you’re probably going to give them an idea of the overall look and feel you’re hoping for… best described in certain terms, such as “rustic,” “weathered,” or “earthy.” The better you’re able to describe what you want to the Scerri representative, the quicker it’ll be to zero in on a couple of favorite choices for your new flooring.

To set up a Scerri showroom appointment, please call 212-472-5577 today.

The Importance of Flooring in Home Décor

Hardwood FlooringWhen decorating your home, there is one thing that brings the whole room together: the flooring. Without the right flooring, your room can have design elements in all the right places and still not look right. When choosing the ideal flooring for your room or home, there are many things to consider.

First, you should think about the functionality of the floors in accordance to the room you are redecorating. Remember, the floor will need to withstand wear and tear since it will receive the most impact of your everyday activities.

For example, if you are refinishing the living room, hardwood floors will add an elegant appeal to the room, ensuring it can withstand the foot traffic of the living room. However, when selecting flooring for say your bathroom, you will need to consider different factors, such as finding a floor that can handle a high level of moisture.

Another important consideration when choosing the right floors to balance your décor is the style. Color and pattern can greatly affect the mood of the room. Many choose light colors to promote calm and dark colors for warmth. You should also consider the lighting in the room you are redecorating, so you don’t choose a color too dark for the space.

Although you may have decided your ideal floor type, color and style, none of that matters if the installation process is a disaster. Scerri Quality Wood Floors Plus specializes in quality hardwood flooring installation as well as inlays, parquet floors, liming floors, herringbone flooring and European style wood floors. Scerri’s top notch reputation in the Manhattan, NY area has led them to creating beautiful flooring for celebrity clients like Ivanka Trump and Derek Jeter.

With each installation, Scerri Quality Wood Floors Plus takes your wants and needs into consideration to provide you with dream flooring that flawlessly coordinates with your home décor. For more information or to schedule your installation, call 212-472-5577.



Reasons to Select Hardwood Flooring for Your Home

Hardwood Flooring Scerri Quality Wood Floors Plus has been providing New York City residents with custom, handcrafted flooring for more than three decades. If you were thinking of remodeling your home and you’re tired of carpeting, consider selecting hardwood flooring for your home from Scerri.

Hardwood floors are quite beloved by their owners since no two are exactly alike and they look both earthy and elegant at the same time. Perhaps their biggest selling point is their durability. Wooden floors typically last for as long as you own a home and then some… it’s not unusual to encounter wooden floors in New York City residences from many generations ago. Not only are they durable, but they’re easy to clean as well. Simply sweep and mop hardwood floors. Carpeting needs to be replaced three to six times before most hardwood floors ever need repairing, so wood floors are easier to own and maintain over the years.

When people look for a place to move to, homes having hardwood floors increase the chances that they’ll like the place and consider buying it. Simply put, hardwood floors help increase a home’s value. Wooden floors also make it easy for “the new people” to decorate the place, since so many pieces of furniture and home décor go well with wooden floors.

Unlike things like shag carpeting, hardwood floors never go out of style. Today, there are many different finishes and colors to choose from, so you can find a style that you like, from lighter maple to more exotic Midnight Oak, which is nearly black. If and when the color fades over the years, just refinish the floors.

For those who suffer with allergies, wooden floors work better than carpeting, which traps allergens. Wood is allergen-free, and should a pet get their dander on it, mop it up and you’re good-to-go.

Finally, hardwood floors come from the natural environment. Wood is a renewable resource. Buying wooden floors actually helps put money into the wood industry, ensuring that more trees get planted for future generations.