8. What can I expect from the finished product upon completion of the job as well as in the future?
According to the NWFA standards, a finished hardwood floor is to be critiqued from a standing position, with a 5% flaw ratio being considered acceptable. The degree of perfection is relative when a floor is finished on-site (versus a factory produced pre-finished floor).
When a water-based finish is applied, grain-raise should be expected. Although, grain raise is reduced somewhat as the humidity exits the wood throughout the curing process. On a natural floor, the grain raise is greatly reduced through the polishing process, which takes place prior to the final coat.
Additionally, certain woods, such as Brazilian cherry, do darken over time.
Due to the nature of Calgary's changing weather patterns, hardwood floors will shrink and expand with the changing seasons unless an excellent humidity replacement system, such as a humidifier, is used within the home.