As it is impossible to list all of the question we are asked on this page, we hope to list the ones that are the most useful for our customers. If you need an answer to a question not listed please feel free to contact us.

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  1. How do I care for my new hardwood floor?
  2. What does it mean to "seal" my tile?
  3. I just had new tile installed in my shower, how long do I have to wait before I use it?
  4. How do I care for my new tile floor?
  5. How do change the color of my hardwood floors?
  6. Is there a stain formula available to match my hardwood floor?
  7. Should I use unfinished or prefinished hardwood?
  8. Are there any rooms I should not install hardwood?

How do I care for my new hardwood floor?

Adding hardwood to your home not only increases it's value, it also adds to the beauty of your interior. Caring for hardwood is a fairly easy task. Unlike carpet or linoleum, hardwood does not need to be vacuumed or mopped. Generally, sweeping or wiping up messes is all you ever need to do. The use of floor polish or wax is not recommended as the floor already has a finish coating (polyurethane) that will protect the wood and give the floor it's shine.

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What does it mean to "seal" my tile?

Tile, especially real stone tile, needs to be sealed so that water does not penetrate the tile or grout. Sealing is a very easy process and needs to be done to protect the tile and the grout joints. To seal tile means applying a tile and grout sealer. make sure your tile is clean and free of water and mineral deposits. Then apply the tile sealer over all tile and grout and let dry. This process should be repeated at least three times before heavy use of a shower or floor.

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I just had new tile installed in my shower, how long before i can use it?

Typically you should wait until the tile has been sealed before using your shower. Three days is the minimum time you should allow for your tile and grout to cure before sealing. If you do not wait you risk washing out the grout, getting water behind the tiles which could cause them to fall off and causing water damage to the walls behind the tile.

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How do I care for my new tile floor?

Tile floors are very durable, but depending on their finish and what they are made of may require extra care. Ceramic tile needs to be mopped regularly and have the grout lines resealed every year. Floors that have tile that is more porous need to be cleaned and sealed regularly to prevent stains and wear marks. If you are unsure about the care needed for your tile feel free to ask your installer or a rep from the store where you are purchasing your tile.

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How do I change the color of my hardwood floors?

To change the color of your hard wood floors requires allot of work. You first have to sand the floors to their color. This means removing all of the polyurethane and finish until you are down to wood. There are several steps to the process and the time frame varies on the size of floor. If you would like to have your floors refinished please contact us for more information and to schedule a bid.

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Is there a stain formula available to match my hardwood floor?

We do not have stain formulas available. To match existing hardwood or interior wood work, we recommend that you take a sample of the color along with the wood you would like to stain to a stain specialist. Paint stores and most major home centers have custom mixing programs available to complete this task for you.

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Should I use unfinished or prefinished hardwood?

This is personal preference and both products offer advantages. For example, if you are trying to match existing hardwood or interior wood work, you may wish to select unfinished so that it may be stained to match. However, prefinished is already finished with great benefits such as longer finish warranties and a cleaner environment during install.

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Are there any rooms I should not install hardwood?

Happy Rock does not recommend installing hardwood in full bathrooms with showers and bathtubs. These areas create the potential for standing puddles of water that could damage wood floors.

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