Wednesday, JDL Flooring started on our house. We met with Jon, the owner, a few Saturdays ago during our big basement demo day. Our tenant hadn’t moved out yet so the 2nd story was the only floor sans covering. It was before we ripped up the laminate and he didn’t see the 3rd floor. We liked his style & demeanor. He seemed knowledgeable, reasonable, and experienced.
We did our due dilegence and contacted a few other companies. One company that came highly recommended never called me back. (Some of the junk companies didn’t call me back either. What’s with people not wanting my business??) We contacted some of Jon’s references; everyone raved. We felt comfortable choosing him & his team and he worked to stay within our budget. Monday we agreed on a price and were told they could start Wednesday.
At 7:30am on Wed. June 24th, Lucio (Jon’s head refinisher) was waiting for us at the house. Punctuality = good first impression
Introduced ourselves. Gave Lucio the walk through as his son unloaded the truck.
During our walk through, we realized most of our lightbulbs are burned out. Huh.
We showed Lucio where are circuit breakers are. He popped out 2 of the breakers and plugged in a massive extention cord. He said the sanders have their own breakers and this way they won’t constantly loose power.
With that, they got to work.
After a few minutes of them sanding, Rob & I weren’t sure what we were supposed to do. Should we stay? Should we go? We decided to leave and went to tell Lucio. He asked us to wait a minute and showed us what was under the paint.
That, my friends, would be filler. Lots & lots & lots of white plastic (latex, maybe??) filler. Jon doesn’t use filler, which was one of the reasons we chose him. We wanted the floors to be authentic and original. And, frankly, filler looks like crap. BUT it seems someone didn’t share my sentiments.
Lucio did a quick test for us using ebony stain to see if it covered it up. The filler absorbed some of the stain but not nearly as much as the wood (which I suppose is to be expected). Huh.
He said he’d sand more and do some sample swatches of different stain options for us to choose from.
Then it was off to work for us and they got busy.
That afternoon, I met Jon back to the house. Lucio was still there working.
They’re going to replace it today with new stuff (can’t find any reclaimed; boo.) but it was neat to see the structure underneath.
They ran out sand paper, otherwise the 3rd floor would have been sanded too.
They RAN OUT OF SANDPAPER. That’s how many layers of awful were on our floors.
Lucio also left us stain samples to choose from:
Which color would you pick?
Which one do you think we picked??