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The below project was a severely water damaged parquet floor from a broken pipe imbedded in the concrete sub-floor. The insurance company wanted to know if we could save the rest of the floor if repairs to the pipe could be accomplished.

After water pipe repairs we removed the rest of the water damaged parquets of approximately 100 square feet worth, patched the repairs, and job-site milled the parquet 3/4″ x 2-1/4″ solid Red Oak slats and assembled in four to complete a 9″ square parquet panel.

The assembled parquets are installed into a bed of high quality mastic (resilient glue) for permanent adhesion. However, the black tar method of adhesion more than seventy years ago still holds the rest of the undamaged flooring in permanent place.

The floors will now have to be sanded and refinished to insure a fine quality appearance. One of the reasons as seen by the illustration, we have new wood (farmed at 10 years) added to older wood, the tree may have been 75 years old before cutting down for timber plus the over seventy years as the original flooring in this older home. The home owners are walking on 150 years of one of natures creations. Because the  floors will be stained again, there will be no compromise of color continuity between new and older floors.

Right before the sanding process or after the sanding process we show the stain color sample board for color reference. Keep in mind that the reference board simply lets us know what shade colors are acceptable and which are not for your comfort. Colors can be blended for additional shades and neutralized to lighten color if necessary. In this case the customer wanted the color to be very similar to what they had before, but a little richer in color density this time.

This photo shows the floor after stain has been applied and after the floor has been buffed. Notice how the stain color made both old and new wood identical in color match. What appears to be dulled stain color is actually excess residue from the steel wool pad. The next step of buffing is a bit of a secret that’s been handed down through the family. This technique will even out the stain and burnish it into the cells of the wood causing the grain structure to show through in close to a three dimensional appearance. The following image of the floor will show first stage applied polyurethane finish results.

The floor now has been stained and the first coat of oil-based polyurethane used for protective finish applied. Although the floors do not have the final coat and photo is taken at application time, they are extremely wet, however, they will dry to a more natural and beautiful appearance. Our customer selected a semi-gloss final coat which was perfect for them. Bottom line… Customer is extremely happy!!! Oh, insurance company is extremely happy as well!!!