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Laminate Flooring Restoration – Bring your Home Back!

November 26th, 2017

With any type of flooring, the number one challenge is always trying to maintain the appearance of the floors for as long as possible. After a number of years of foot traffic, scuffs, spills, pets, and whatever else life throws at the floors, over time, those once beautiful floors begin to lose their original luster. But don’t worry! Just because the floors start to lose their original luster and beauty doesn’t mean that those same floors need to be replaced. In fact, floor restoration on laminate floors is much easier than many people think.

What is Laminate Flooring?

2Laminate flooring is a special type of flooring that is built with multiple layers that make them resilient to daily wear and tear or foot traffic in the home. Laminate floors are a great option for families of all types and sizes. They’re easy to clean and keep their appearance much longer and much easier than natural wood floors.

Laminate floors contain four layers. Starting with the innermost layers, the backing layer, the inner core, the design layer, and the wear layer. These four layers, when combined, lock out moisture, prevent bulbous spots, and keep the floors flat.

However, at Chicago Hardwood Floor Restoration, we know that life happens. Which means that wears, tears, spills, and everything else life throws at you are going to happen to your floors. So here’s a hand guide to restoring your floors in between professional restoration.

Sweep Regularly

Sweeping your floors a few time a week will not only keep your house looking good, but it will also help to keep your floors looking day one new for much longer. Dirt and debris, like the kind that is drug in from the bottom of your shoes, can dig into the laminate and cause surface scratches. Over time, this will cause the floors to look dull and worn. The best way to clean laminate floors is to sweep with a microfiber cloth. The microfiber attracts dust, dirt, and debris with a gentle cloth that won’t scratch or damage the floors.

Vacuum Often

Those same tiny specks of dirt and rocks that come from the bottom of your shoe sometimes do slip off the microfiber cloth. Even though vacuuming isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, it’s an absolute must to maintaining laminate floors. Hard-floor vacuums and multi-floor vacuums are often much more lightweight than traditional carpet vacuums. Always vacuum the laminate floors before mopping. If you don’t, then you risk spreading the dirt across the floor and scratching the floors up.

Keep the Floors Dry

Obviously, after a spill, the first instinct is to clean it up right away to avoid slips and falls. Even though laminate floors are prone to resist moisture, it’s never a good idea to have puddles of liquids around. In the case of mopping, laminate floors, like natural wood floors do not need to be super wet in order to get clean during a mopping session. Always be sure to check that the product is designed for laminate floors only. This includes when looking for shine and wax products, as well as floor cleaning products.

Keeping Your Floors Beautiful

pro-pic6At Chicago Laminate Floor Repair we know just how important home floors are. In fact, the floors are typically the first thing people notice about a home. Whether in an older home or a newly built home, the floors truly bring a home’s appearance together. Which is why maintaining the appearance of the floors is so important. Beautiful floors can add significant value to the home.

Laminate floors are a smart option for homes and apartments of any size. They offer the look and feel of traditional hardwood floors with the added durability that comes with laminate. Any type of flooring over time will begin to show natural wear and tear, no matter how well the floors are maintained. With that being said, that is why we are some of the best in the business when it comes to floor restoration. We know how to bring your floors back to life so that homeowners don’t have to completely replace the floors. Find out how we can make your home’s floors new again.



The Top Laminate Flooring Textures

October 27th, 2017

Classic Floors Chicago features the best hardwood floors and laminate services. In fact, our extensive showroom gallery has the top laminate flooring textures for all homes and businesses. From traditional Oak and Pine to Elm and vinyl – we have the tools and expertise to install and maintain any laminate floor. Whether for homes or businesses, CFC is committed to excellence in all hardwood and lamination flooring installations.

We also offer complimentary consultations, free service quotes and timely assistance on the best laminate and/or flooring options. With a huge selection of flooring designs, color, styles, and grains – we can easily match any home or office décor. We also help all new and existing customers that need laminate replacement jobs for existing flooring types.

The Many Benefits of Laminate Flooring

Untitled9As your Chicago floor installation professionals, we have years of extensive industry experience. This includes timely and precise laminate finishes for all flooring. Our highly-dedicated and knowledgeable team also goes above and beyond to meet customer needs within time and budget. No laminate job is ever too big or small and we are fully certified and insured to tackle all flooring renovations, remodels and replacements. If you are thinking of updating or replacing your flooring with lamination, here are some benefits to keep in mind:

  • Laminate flooring is a cost-effective solution to traditional hardwood flooring and tiling.
  • Laminate installations, finishes and refinishes are designed to protect floors for years to come.
  • Laminate flooring is much easier to clean and maintain – due to clear protective coating and materials.
  • Lamination can restore optimal shine while bringing out the quality and glow of your tiles and flooring.
  • Laminate flooring has been around for years and continues to soar in popularity.

As your hardwood floor installation experts in Chicago, we will get the job done right. We also guarantee the best materials for all flooring and laminate projects. If you are unsure about how laminate works – as well as the right textures to select – here is some vital information for you.

Laminate Flooring Layers – What to Know

Laminate is always a great option for Chicago hardwood floors. However, it is important to understand how the installation process works. Similarly, you should familiarize yourself with laminate layers, which can help you determine the best textures and overlays for your flooring. As always, CFC is here to help you every step of the way:

  • Bottom Layer – this is the section that touches the sub-floor (foundation), which is designed to resist moisture that causes warping and protrusions.
  • Middle Layer – this is the inner core section, which entails resin and fiberboard materials. This layer helps ensure durability, strength, and sturdiness of all laminate pieces that are joined together. The Middle Layer also prevents pieces from warping, bowing, bending or buckling.
  • Top Layer – this section is the hard-surface product that is scratch and dent-resistant. This layer prevents your flooring from absorbing liquids while stopping stains and spots from messing up your flooring patterns, designs, and quality.

The Best Laminate Flooring Textures

Untitled10Laminate flooring is just not relegated to clear protective coatings. In fact, there are several types of laminate flooring available on the market. At Classic Floors Chicago, we offer a wide array of laminate flooring options for all homes and businesses. In fact, our extensive showroom gallery features all laminate flooring finishes, designs, and styles for your convenience. Here are some of the top laminate textures to consider for your home or business:

  • The Silky Look – this is a clean and polished surface with no scraping brushing or distressing. Silk lamination is perfect for hardwood floors with lighter textures, grains, and colors.
  • Wire-brushed – this technique secures a subtle, distress and worn look. Perfect for securing that vintage hardwood look for traditional floors and wood grains.
  • Embossed – this process aligns light scraping with a sophisticated photo image. This technique truly enhances the realistic look of any laminate flooring project or installation.
  • Other options – wooden laminate tiles and overlays, vinyl, pure acetate, textured lamination, and all customized and personalized designs available at Classic Floors Chicago.

For more information, simply visit our website or contact us today!



Planning a Renovation? Consider Restoring the Old Hardwood Floors

September 27th, 2017

If you are planning a renovation of your home, making a decision about floor repair is one of the most important decisions. The floors give character to the home and set a tone for the look and feel of the home. And nothing other than hardwood floors have the unique ability to provide a sort of timeless beauty to your home. So even though the hardwood may seem old and damaged, you may still want to consider restoring it.

Signs that Your Floors are not Worth Saving

1Hardwood floors are not only naturally beautiful, they provide a certain charm and a bit of history as well. There are also other advantages of having them in your home. Hardwood floors are hypoallergenic and safe for those with allergies. They are easy to clean too and can last for a long, long time. According to professionals, you can refinish and repair old hardwood floors 95 percent of the time.

It all depends on the condition of the wood, and the expectations that you may have from it. You cannot expect them to ever look like brand-new floors, but with the right repairs and finish, they can lend character to your home and look uniquely beautiful. So even if you have dents, scrapes, stains, insect infestation, or squeaky noises coming from your floors, they can still be worked on and saved. The only reasons for not being able to save your floors is if:

  • There is extreme movement between boards, and
  • If there are big structural problems that would necessitate flooring removal so that the subfloor can be fixed.
  • Also if the floors have been sanded too many times and the boards have been worn thin, there is no point in trying to save them.

Tips for Restoring Old Hardwood Floors

Done right, restoring old wood brings back its shine and natural beauty.

  • If, for example, the dark stain on your wood floor is worn out, you can re-stain it with a different, lighter shade of stain to give the wood a refreshed look. For added brightness, you may want to use a new light paint on your walls as well.
  • Any unique feature of the floors should be protected if at all possible. If your flooring is made of a species of wood that is protected and can no longer be used as lumber, try your best to restore it. A wide plank pine is one such type of flooring that you may not easily see these days. These types of classic floors, not only add uniqueness, they can also add great value to your home. Such rare floors are always worth the work to restore them.
  • Most floors may just need to be sanded and need a finish. A much bigger job may call for ripping out and replacing some boards. Researching before starting any kind of floor restoration will help to guide you about the work, time, and expenses that you will need for them.
  • Regular maintenance of your floors will help them last a long time. Once the work on them is complete, you need to keep them clean and damage-free as much as possible.

Use the Services of a Professional Company

2Whether your hardwood floors are just old, or if you discovered them under carpeting, restoring them is a process that can be best done by professionals. A company that has experience in restoring hardwood floors will be able to expertly gauge what the wood requires in order to restore it to its best possible condition. At Classic Floors Chicago, we are confident that no matter the condition of your hardwood floors, if we can’t repair and restore them, then nobody else can.

We are a well-established, reputable company that has been in the business for 16 years. For every job, no matter how easy or complicated, we strive to provide reliable and timely service using the gentlest and most environmentally friendly products. Our prices are always affordable too. For more information about us, just call us at 773-656-1727 to find out more about our services. In Chicago, hardwood floor restoration is expertly and affordably done by Classic Floors Chicago.



Restore Instead Of Replacing – Try It With Your Hardwood Floor

August 29th, 2017

If you’re thinking of replacing your hardwood floor, you’ve likely either had it for a long time or just discovered it under your carpeting. While replacing the floors will give you a beautiful new floor to work with, it’s a lot of effort and in fact can be very expensive and hard work to get done.

Have you considered having your hardwood floor repaired? Floor restoration services can help bring that old floor back up to its best, saving you the hassle of replacing it and helping you get a brand new looking floor for less. Here’s how companies such as us here at Classic Floors Chicago can help you.

Why Restore Rather Than Replace?

Floor restoration servicesThere are a few reasons why you may decide to restore your hardwood floors, rather than having them replaced entirely:

  • You already like your floors, and would rather not replace them. They may look old and worn down now, but you like that floor and you don’t want to pull it all up. With a little bit of elbow grease though, they’ll look amazing again.
  • You want to save cash on home renovation. Replacing floors is an expensive and time-consuming job, whereas restoring them can be a lot easier.
  • You’ve got an antique or original floor that you don’t want to remove. Have it restored, and your home will look fantastic with its original flooring.

Ways You Can Have Your Floor Restored

There are a few different ways that Chicago Hardwood Floor Repair can restore your floors. When you call out a contractor, they’ll come and look at your floors, and recommend one of the following options to you:

  • Wood Sanding: Your floor may need sanding down back to the original bare wood, so it can be refinished. The contractor will look at your floors, looking to see how thick the wood is, how many times it’s been sanded before, and at the quality of the wood. They’ll determine how many times the floor will have to be sanded, and ensure that an even finish is acquired.
  • Staining: Staining is an important part of floor restoration, as it gives the floor an even finish. It can be applied by hand, pad or floor buffer, depending on the size of the job.
  • Coating: Once the stain is down, you’ll need to coat it in order to preserve the look of the floor. We can use water based, oil based, or acid curing styles of the coating. Water based coats are recommended in homes with small children or pets, while the others are best in high traffic areas as they can withstand wear and spills without marking.
  • Recoating: In the cases where only superficial damage has occurred to the floor, it may be better simply to re-coat the floor. A professional will buff the floor where it has been damaged, and recoat it to conceal the damage.
  • Oil Residue Cleanup: Where oil soaps and other products have been used, it can be hard to get coats and varnish to stick to the floor. Our professionals can clean this oil residue off your floors using a special water and degreaser mixture.

DIY Or Hire A Professional?

Hardwood FloorIf you want to restore your floors, then getting in a professional can sound expensive. Surely you can do the job yourself?

You absolutely can, but many DIYers go into restoration jobs without realizing just how hard they can be. You can spend days restoring a floor, giving up your evenings and weekends until it’s done. Instead, it can often be better to bring in the experts.

Here at Chicago Floor Restoration, we’re experts with years of experience. We can come in and do the job quickly and efficiently. That means you won’t be giving your home over to restoration for long, and you’ll have the use of that room back as quickly as possible.

If you want to restore your floors, give us a call. We can help you get a floor that’s beautiful, without you having to make major renovations in your home. We’ll come in a give you a quote, so you can decide what you want to do with your floors.