For over 23 years, Woodsmith Hardwood Floors has successfully refinished hundreds of fir floors with issues that cover the complete spectrum. As our projects attest to, we take personal pride in having rescued many a fir floor from certain disposal in the landfill despite the reluctance of inexperienced refinishers to work on such projects. See if our dustless hardwood refinishing services are right for you.
Gain from our experience and our promise to provide an honest, trustworthy appraisal of your fir floors by contacting us today and scheduling your free consultation.
Fir is naturally a very soft wood, especially when compared to oak. Due to this softness, fir floors are much more susceptible to scratching, denting and bruising.
Additionally, time and again, we have seen many fir floors ruined by very deep drum marks or divots caused by inexperienced floor refinishers during the sanding process.
Over the years, numerous sandings can begin to compromise the thickness of your fir floors. If numerous nail-heads begin to show between the boards or if the top of grooves are beginning to split or splinter, this may suggest your fir floor is near the end of its useful life.
On the other hand, if these problems are limited in nature, isolated repairs may be all that is necessary to rectify the problem-areas and a full refinishing may be a completely viable option.
Ultimately, the thickness of your floors and the viability of a successful refinishing project can often only be determined upon professional appraisal. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a free consultation to help establish the facts.
As fir floors naturally expand and contract with seasonal changes over the years, the boards can slowly begin to gap between the joints. Many refinishers trowel fill putty over the entire floor to fill these gaps just like they would for an oak floor. But this may not always be in your best interests with fir.
Because these floors can move so much, the dried filler will have a hard time staying in place. Also the gaps between the boards will be full of dirt and residue that has collected over the decades and this will further interfere with the adhesion of the filler. Filler that becomes loose will get ground into the newly finished floor surface, scratching it and reducing its lifespan.
If your floors have very large gaps we have other options for dealing with them, and can discuss these with you during your free consultation. View our repairing hardwood floors page to learn more.
Old fir floors are far more prone to movement and squeaks than other types of hardwood floors. When fir floors were installed decades ago, installers used nails instead of screws to hold down the subfloor.
With seasonal changes and natural expansion and contraction, the fir and the subfloor will often work its way loose from the nails causing these areas to move and possibly squeak. Attempting to repair squeaks or this kind of movement involves very carefully removing the existing flooring to expose the subfloor which then needs to be properly screwed down. This is not an easy or quick process and there is no way to absolutely guarantee the attempt will be successful.
Having said that, as our previous projects show, we have achieved good results addressing squeaks in fir floors and will only attempt the process if we honestly believe the odds are very good we will be successful.
Fir has a naturally soft cellular structure making it prone to discoloration through a process known as ‘bruising’ or ‘mottling’. In higher traffic areas or near the perimeter of a room, fir floors often show darker, blotchy areas. Most of this is caused by many years of foot traffic and wear.
Many homeowners are drawn to the naturally raw and rustic look of vintage fir floors however, for those that prefer a more updated look, staining is an ideal solution. As our previous projects demonstrate, staining fir floors greatly diminishes the look of discolouration while injecting a room with a rich sense of character.