Gemini Floor Services has been operating over 30 years in the hardwood floors industry with the past 15 years in the NYC area. Hardwood floors has been the #1 choice for customers in NYC and that is our specialty as we do a lot of custom work with wood. There are yet many flooring materials to meet various types of designs & budgets and Gemini is experienced in installing all types of floors. We’re going to describe here the various floor types, materials & services that we offer. In summary, we do all floor type installations as well as sanding, staining, refinishing & buffing of hardwood floors. We do demolitions & subfloor preparation, repairs & custom design wood work including stairs & rails.
Hardwood Floor Strip Floor Systems
Strip flooring, using long narrow boards, is the most popular for hardwood floors. When we’re dealing with planks or strips, whether it be solid hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate, there are three ways to install the floor. One is the nail down method, where wood strips are fixed to the subfloor using securing cleats & a hammer or by a staple gun powered by a compressor. A wide variety of staple guns can be used. Then there is the glue down method where the proper bonding agent or adhesive is used to fit the flooring strips to the subfloor. The third method is called a floating system and is ideal for creating a solid floor over an uneven subfloor. In this method the flooring strips are not attached directly to the subfloor. A thin layer of padding is laid down on the subfloor and the flooring strips are laid over and attached together with adhesive or by a click lock system. This type of floor is fairly quick & simple, is moisture resistant and quiet to walk on.
Hardwood Floors: Installation
Hardwood floors provide the ultimate in natural style, elegance & longevity. Being that it is so beautiful, easy to maintain & long lasting, hardwood is a most sensible choice . There is a very wide variety of wood flooring choices in both species and design. Pine, maple, walnut, oak & cherry are some of the popular hardwood types offering a variety of textures & tones. In design options there is strip flooring, floor boards or plank flooring, wood blocks, parquet floors such as herringbone, stenciling, inlays, medallions & borders. Hardwood flooring materials come either prefinished or unfinished. Then there is also engineered wood and laminate flooring. Engineered wood uses a layer of rel hardwood on a plywood base. Laminate is not real hardwood but fabricated materials which similate the appearance of real hardwood floors.
Wood Floor Custom Design Elements
Hardwood floors come in different styles and can be customized with a number of design methods:
Strip flooring – Most common type of flooring where wood strips are used which are generally no longer than 3 1/4?.
Plank flooring – Solid wood flooring with wider boards which are anywhere from 3? to 12? wide. Mostly used in older properties and gives a rustic country flavor.
Parquet flooring – a mosaic pattern of inlaid pieces of wood blocks which can be laid out as overlapping rectangles as shown in the image here. One other popular pattern is called herringbone, which is a zig zag type of pattern.
Medallions, inlays & borders – These are customized or premanufactured squares, circles, strips & other artistic shapes & designs which are seamlessly inlaid anywhere into the hardwood floors whether it may be a border or motif in the center of the room. These features are often composed of contrasting wood species. Adding these intricacies to your layout requires more planning and we will work with you to plan out a complete design to transform your space into one of class & elegance. You give us your ideas and we will also give you suggestions for your plan. Let’s make your place beautiful as can be.
Stairs & Rails
We can refinish your existing stairs & rails or install them new. Upgrade your interior with classic or contemporary rails to add the finishing touch to your makeover. Choose a wood & finish to accent your floors. Let us walk you through the planning process step by step !
Hardwood Floors Refinishing: Sanding, Staining, Sealing & Buffing
We specialize in hardwood floor refinishing. Bring your old floors back to new. We can refinish any type of hardwood floor. Match the existing color or change the color. Choose from many tones of stains. We also do bleaching & pickling & use high quality stains like Minwax & offer eco friendly low oder stains & acrylic sealers. Read more about hardwood floor refinishing.
Demos, Subfloor Preparation & Repairs
We’ll remove & dispose of your existing floor materials and install a new floor efficiently. We’ll inspect the existing subfloor to make sure it is suitable for a new installation and if necessary we’ll replace the subfloor boards or panels so that the subfloor is solid & even for a new installation. This way your floor will be squeek free & solid. Having trouble spots with an existing floor ? We can repair it and save your existing floor.
All Types of Flooring Installations
In addition to hardwood floors, we install ALL types of flooring: engineered wood, laminate, vinyl, tile flooring including porcelin ceramic & stone, as well as carpet & linoleum. Click here for flooring ideas where you can see the products offered by various manufactures of flooring materials. Check out our list of the 10 most common types of hardwood for floors.
We also service & install flooring for all sports facilities: gymnasiums, basketball & tennis courts, gamelines, etc.