Lady Baltimore recommends three polyurethane coats while other companies suggest two poly coats or a water base. (I learned, from experience, that three polyurethane coats make a big difference in preventing wear.) The installer placed a walnut strip between the two floors to separate the old and new floor. I am very happy with their quality, professionalism and customer service.
It is a messy process. They remove all the furniture from the room. They install the floors on day one and sand and stain them on the following day. They hang protective plastic in the work area to contain as much dust as possible. They follow with three coats of polyurethane. The job lasted five days. We could not use the floor until the sixth day.
I chose pre-finished hardwood floors for my bedrooms. Lady Baltimore laid the pre-finished floor next to the old finished floor. They matched those floors almost exactly too. I chose pre-finished for the bedrooms because it took two men four days to install it versus 12 days for unfinished floors. Also, they shifted the furniture from one side of the room to the other instead of removing it. For me, it was worth it.
If you plan to add hardwood floors, call Lady Baltimore. They are a family business with an Angies’s List “A” rating.
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