Hardwood floors are a classic. They look stunning in practically every style of home. They’re durable, low-maintenance, practical and will last decades. Their one fatal flaw is the fact that they aren’t waterproof. Most floors will stand up fine to a small spill, but sitting water or a burst pipe will leave permanent damage.
This is where waterproofing comes in. Waterproofing acts as a protective barrier for the flooring. Waterproofed flooring in Monroe County, PA is easy to clean and stain resistant against spills, kids and other wet messes. Plus, waterproofing will also help prevent water from leaking and settling into the floor. Waterproofing is a must if you want to keep hardwood floors strong and beautiful for years to come. Here’s how the process works.
Six steps to waterproof
Waterproofing a floor isn’t very difficult. Mostly, it just takes time, the right equipment and some experience to ensure it’s done right. Try to complete the process on a warm, dry day so the floor will dry more quickly:
- Prepare the area: Start by cleaning the floor of dirt and dust. Clean thoroughly, as any grime left behind will become trapped in the surface once the sealer is applied. Sand the floor to create a smooth surface prime for waterproofing. Vacuum and clean again once the sanding is completed.
- Apply the primer: Use an epoxy, water-based primer for this step. Pour the primer into a paint roller tray and then apply a thin coat in short, even strokes. Let the primer dry for at least four hours before moving on to the next step.
- Fill cracks with silicone: Once the primer has dried, use silicone to seal any cracks. This will prevent any moisture from getting stuck in the cracks. These usually show up between the floor and the wall, in addition to any cracks on the floor. Wait 24 hours for everything to dry.
- Apply the first coat of waterproofing: Use a wool mop or other thick, natural material to apply the urethane waterproof sealer. This will help get the best coverage. Start with a relatively thin and even coat. Be careful not to paint yourself into a corner in the process!
- Additional coats: You’ll need to apply at least two more coats of waterproofing polyurethane once the first coat dries. Apply these subsequent coats with a brush for a nice, even finish. Allow each coat to fully dry before continuing to the next one. Check for any bubbling and wrinkling in between each one, and sand away anything you find.
- Let it dry: Let everything dry for at least 24 hours after the final application. Run fans in the area and open the doors and windows to provide ventilation.
Waterproofing is a great way to protect your hardwood floors from moisture damage. Not up for the challenge? Let the experts at The Floor Source do it for you! Waterproofing is also part of our installation service for hardwood flooring in Monroe County, PA. Call us today to learn more!
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