of a wood floor and the subsequent application of stains & finishes is an art not a
science. You cannot succeed by reading about it. You have to have done it before.
There are endless numbers of horror stories to drive home the point. The consumer
must insist upon the involvement of a professional with experience, reputation, and
the latest equipment available.
Have You Dreaded Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors for Fear
That the Process is All About Dust?
Have you hear horror stories about toxic, solvent-based finishes driving homeowners
out of their home ? To eliminate the dust and toxic fumes from the sanding process,
Savino Brothers advanced finishing system is the most convenient, cleanest and safest
finishing process available.
Eliminate Dust ...
The innovative concept of the Atomic DCS ® system is to have a powerful vacuum engine connected to all of the sanding equipment, evacuating the airborne dust generated from the sanding process, and collecting it outside your home.
The Atomic DCS ® is the most powerful dust containment system available, reducing dust far beyond what the traditional sanding process generates
Don't be Fooled…
By other companies that claim to be dustless. The Atomic DCS ® is the most advanced powerful dust containment system available. Other companies can't compete with the power of a vacuum with a 27hp engine.
The Environmental Choice
Waterborne finishes are VOC compliant and nonflammable.
The primary difference between waterborne and solvent-based finishes is that water, not toxic solvents, is the urethane carrier. As the finish dries, the water evaporates into the air, leaving the protective urethane coating on the wood. The fast-drying formula with a non-offending odor eliminates the need to vacate the area during finishing, providing a healthier environment for the contractor and improved indoor air quality for the business or home.
Waterborne Urethane Finishes
are durable hardwood floor finishes. They are non-yellowing and will not change color over time, highlighting the true beauty of the wood.
Waterborne urethanes are environmentally friendly with low VOC's. With no toxic fumes, you don't have to move out of the house during the refinishing.
Your floor can be walked on with stocking feet in two to three hours, and furniture can be placed (not dragged) in forty-eight hours. Drying times may vary. Area rugs can be put down in one week when the finished is fully cured.
Mega™ is a one-component waterborne 100% polyurethane finish for the surface treatment of wooden floors in commercial and residential areas subject to heavy wear. Mega™ has the performance of a two-component finish. It has all the advantages of a waterborne system.
Mega is the finish we use most often, it offers premium performance at an affordable cost.
Fast Drying time—2-3 hours (depending on humidity levels)
Exceptional build— with excellent flow and leveling
Available in gloss, semi–gloss or satin
High resistance to wear, scuff marks and scratches
Very good chemical resistance
Natural Clear finish—will not change color over time
Traffic is a two-component waterborne 100% polyurethane finish for the surface treatment of wooden floors in commercial premises where a very high resistance to wear is required. Traffic Satin provides a clear natural appearance giving “invisible protection” and the look of an oiled floor but, unlike oil, offers years of virtually maintenance-free protection. It provides lowest gloss level available. Traffic Semi-Gloss has a higher sheen level but all the other qualities of the satin version.
Bona Traffic™ is designed specifically for the unique demands of commercial and heavy-traffic residential hardwood floors. Traffic's technologically advanced waterborne formula provides the ultimate in durability, outperforming any finish in the industry—moisture cure, solvent-based, oil-modified, or other waterborne finishes.
Unprecedented Durability—outperforms moisture cure finishes without the hazardous side effects, and all the benefits of a waterborne finish
Fast Curing Rate—minimizes downtime, allowing quicker access to the floor
Fast Drying—2 to 3 hours between coats (depending on humidity levels)
Exceptional Build—with excellent flow and leveling
Natural Clear Finish—will not change color over time, highlighting the true color of the wood or stain
Oil versus water?
It’s a common misconception that waterbase finishes are not as durable as oil modified finishes.
In Taber test results, its proven that waterborne finishes withstand the wear and tear of commercial and residential floors better that oil modified finishes
Lab Testing: The Taber Abraser Grit Feed Test the most commonly accepted standard lab test for durability, evaluates the resistance of a material to abrasion. For hardwood floors, this equates to evaluating wear. The grit feeder method used in this independent study, conducted by SGS US Testing Co., in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the most accurate and gives the most realistic prediction of actual durability.
What to Expect
It is important to schedule well in advance of the date you want the project to start. We book up fast, especially in the summer time. Pets must be secured from walking on the floors and allowing us to complete out work.
A wood floor should be viewed from a standing position, in normal lighting to identify any flaws. Not responsible for uneven tones in the finished floor due to the character of the wood, water, or pet urine stains, bruised wood fibers, stain from carpet padding, or any other stain that will not sand out. If rooms are painted before floors are refinished, they may need to be repainted or touched up by a painter at homeowner’s expense. We strongly recommend painting after floors have been refinished. Owner is responsible for building permits if needed.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to remove all furniture from the room before we arrive to start work. Insurance policy prevents us from moving furniture. We suggest Lynx Transportation for furniture removal. Visit them at lynxtransport.com
For new installation, the wood needs to acclimate, which will vary from a few days to a few weeks. Be prepared for some noise and disruption.
Most stains dry in a few hours (depending on humidity levels) and waterbase urethanes dry in about two hours (depending on humidity levels). Light foot traffic after the first few hours if needed, furniture can be put back in the room after forty-eight hours, and area rugs about one week.
Your floors are sanded down to the bare wood using a course, medium, and fine sand paper. Floors are then buffed/screened, vacuumed and tacked and one coat of sealer is applied. When the sealer coat is dry, we then buff/screen, vacuum, and tack in between each additional coats of urethane to insure proper adhesion and smoothness.
Floors will be sanded down to the bare wood using a course, medium, and fine sand paper. Floors are then buffed/screened, vacuumed and tacked and 1 coat of stain is applied. (Several samples of stain will be applied to the floor so you may choose a color) when the stain is dry, 1 coat of sealer is applied. When the sealer coat is dry, we then buff/screen, vacuum and tack in between each additional coat of urethane to insure proper adhesion and smoothness.
Satin finish - Has some sheen, but is the least shiny. Does not show as many scuffmarks or scratches. It is the most popular.
Semi-Gloss - Has a shiny finish.
Gloss - Is the shiniest of the finishes, shows more scuffmarks, scratches, and imperfections in the floor.
The US Environmental Protection Agency, the American Lung Association, the World Health Organization and other public health and environmental organizations view indoor air pollution as one of the greatest risks to human health.
Bona innovations of dust containment and waterborne products have significantly reduced the health and environmental hazards of hardwood floor care. We were the first manufacturer in the industry to offer a complete hardwood floor finishing and floor care system, GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality.
The wood dust particle count with traditional sanding equipment is over 20 times the OSHA limit, resulting in an unnecessary threat to your health and an inconvenient mess for your customers.
The innovative concept of the trailer-mounted Bona Atomic Dust Containment System means having a more powerful system, providing evacuation of the airborne dust that is generated from the entire sanding process. GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality. Effective dust containment is essential for protecting your health and is a competitive advantage for your business.
Bona waterborne finishes have no toxic fumes and low VOC's so they are healthier for your family, pets, and the environment. In addition, there is no need to vacate your home during the finishing process due to fast dry times and easy water clean-up. This Swedish waterborne technology highlights the true beauty and elegance of the wood and provides the ultimate in durability. GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality.
Bona waterborne floor cleaners GREENGUARD Gold Certified, non-toxic and specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. In addition, Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pads are machine washable up to 300 times, saving your money and protecting the environment. _______________________________________________________________________
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that establishes standards and testing for indoor products. Their goal is to improve public health by helping manufacturers build safer products. These products will not pollute the air with harmful levels of dangerous chemicals or particulates.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification requirements comply with the State of California's Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350 (California Section 01350) for testing chemical emissions from building products used in schools and other environments. As such, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products can be used to earn valuable credits in the CHPS Best Practices Manual for K-12 schools, the US Green Building Council's LEED® Green Building Rating Systems, the Green Guide for Healthcare, the NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Green Globes, Regreen and many other building codes, standards and specifications.
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