hardwood floor refinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

If you have an older home, you may already have hardwood floors. Also for some lucky people who decide to rip up the old carpet during a remodel, they find beautiful hardwood floors that have been covered for decades. What can you do to breathe new life in to existing wood floors? To bring them back to their original condition and luster? Hardwood floor refinishing and recoating is a great option if the existing floors are in decent condition.

What is hardwood floor recoating?

  • to add protective layer over the existing finish of the wood floor

What is hardwood floor refinishing?

  • to sand the wood floor to remove the existing finish and floors are bare
  • apply protective layer to bare wood

What factors are involved when determining costs?

  • can the existing floors be recoated
  • will the existing floors need to be refinished
  • square footage of areas to be recoated or refinished
  • current condition of the wood floors
  • type of wood flooring and if it is a specialty type of wood that requires extra steps or a certain type of coating
  • difficulty of removing the existing finish
  • type of finish or coating to be used and how much will be needed
  • are their any wood stairs that need to be recoated or refinished
  • will any flooring need to be removed or repaired
  • are their any obstructions or items that will need to be removed

What may be involved in the recoating or refinishing process?

  • buffing the existing wood floor by using a clog-resistant sanding disk to remove the existing finish without damaging the wood
  • sanding the wood floor
  • applying the appropriate coatings to the existing wood floor

If you have questions about your existing hardwood floors, if they need to be repaired, if they can be recoated or refinished, or if they just need to be replaced, need an installation estimate, or want to schedule a design consultation, give us a call or send us an email: Contact Us!

Also, see what other services we offer and see some of our completed project below:




paint problems - chalking

Paint Problems – Chalking

What is chalking?

Chalking is when a fine, white powder begins to form on the exterior paint surface.   This is often caused by weathering and may seem as if the exterior paint color is fading.  Some chalk is normal, but heavy chalk may be a sign of problems.

What can cause Paint to chalk?
  • oil-based paint will usually chalk more than latex paint
  • using a low quality paint that is heavily pigmented
  • siding that has been coated in a factory
  • using an interior paint on an exterior surface
  • improper preparation of a porous surface
  • applying a thin, watery coating
  • not applying enough paint to adequately coat the surface
How do you repair chalking paint?
  • pressure wash and clean the surface
  • allow to thoroughly dry
  • clean and brick area of chalk


paint problems - cracking

Paint Problems – Cracking

What is cracking?

Cracking is when hairline cracks begin to form due to a split in the dry paint film of at least in coat of paint.  As the cracks become worse, the paint will begin to flake.

What can cause Paint to crack?
  • applying a low adhesion paint
  • applying a less flexible paint
  • applying paint that is too thin
  • improper surface preparation
  • the age of the paint
  • painting over a glossy surface
How do you repair cracking paint?
  • remove any loose and flaking paint
  • sand the area
  • prime any areas before painting
  • allow to thoroughly dry


kitchen island, kitchen remodeling

Planning for your Kitchen Island – Questions to Ask

Planning for your Kitchen Island – Questions to Ask

Kitchen islands are a great functional feature that can also serve as an informal dining and conversation area.  It can be designed to provide a sitting area for family and guests for entertaining while cooking.

When planning and designing your perfect island, here are some items to think about and questions to ask:

  • How will the island fit your families needs?
  • How will the island fit with your entertaining needs?
  • How much eating space will you add to the island?
  • Do you need additional storage space?
  • Do you need a food prep station?
  • What type of cooktop will be installed?  What type of hood is needed? Where is the best placement for the hood?
  • Is a sink needed on your island?
  • How much countertop space is needed?
  • How many electrical outlets are needed?
  • How many shelves are needed and what will they be used for?
  • What is the knee space height?
  • What is the seating capacity and what type of seating will be used?
  • Do you have young children or planning a family in the future?  You many want to consider radius corners on your island.
  • What type of material will be used for your island countertop?
  • How much lighting do you need over your island and what type?
  • Where is the placement for the kitchen island to give the best access to cabinets, appliances, sink, and table?  Think about your kitchen working space like a triangle.
  • What is the optimal height for your island?
  • Will your base be an enclosed cabinet base? Do you need drawers?
  • Will your base be a more open design with large shelves for large pots and pans?

Need design help or options? Contact Us!

Paint Problems - Blistering

Paint Problems – Blistering

What is blistering?

This is the name for bubbles that are caused when the paint looses adhesion and begins to lift from the substrate.

What can cause blistering in paint?
  • applying paint in direct sunlight
  • applying paint to a hot surface
  • moisture from an interior source that migrates to the exterior and causes the paint to rise from the surface
  • applying an oil-based paint to a damp or wet surface
  • applying an alkyd paint to a damp or wet surface
  • damp basements
  • lack of surface preparation before applying a latex paint
  • improper ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms
  • exposing freshly applied latex paint to dew, high humidity, moisture, or rain
  • exterior wall leaks
How do you repair paint that is blistering?

Unfortunately, the only way to repair paint that is blistering is to remove the old paint.  After the paint is removed, the source of the moisture will need to be found and repaired.  Proper ventilation may need to be installed to prevent future moisture problems.  The substrate under the paint will need to be cleaned and allowed to dry before any new primer or finish paint can be applied.


Paint Problems - Alligatoring

Paint Problems – Alligatoring

What is alligatoring?

Alligatoring is an exterior paint problem that occurs when the paint begins to crack in a pattern that resembles the scales of an alligator.  The cracks are usually in the surface of the paint and do not expose the substrate below the paint.

What can cause this condition in paint?
  • some oil-based paints will crack and alligator due to age
  • some oil-based paints will crack and alligator with a fluctuation in temperatures
  • applying an oil enamel over a flexible coating
  • applying a topcoat before the primer or basecoat is dry
  • applying a coating over a glossy finish
How do you repair paint that is alligatoring?

Unfortunately, the only way to repair paint in this condition is to remove the old paint.  After the paint is removed, the substrate under the paint will need to be cleaned and allowed to dry before any new primer or finish paint can be applied.



outgrown closet

Have You Outgrown Your Small Closet?

If you have outgrown your closet, there is help!  There are several options for storage, and you can even turn a spare room into a giant walk-in closet.

The first thing that you need to do is to take inventory of your items that need space.  Do you need shelves for your shoes? Storage for your sweaters? Hanging areas for dresses, pants, or shirts?  What items need space, and what type of storage do you prefer?

Here are a few measurements of how much room is needed to hang the following items:

  • long dresses – 69″
  • robes – 52″
  • dresses – 45″
  • pants (cuff hung) – 44″
  • men’s suits – 38″
  • skirts – 35″
  • women’s suites – 29″
  • blouses and shirts – 28″
  • pants (double hung) – 20″

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custom kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets-So Many Choices! What is the Difference??

Kitchen Cabinets – So Many Choices! What is the Difference??

The right kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen a room you love, and the wrong kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen the most hated room in your home.  They can be a conversation piece for showcasing your unique style, or they can be a huge mess that stick out like a sore thumb.  If you love to cook and the kitchen is the heart of your home, the functionality of your cabinets helps maintain your organization when creating meals for friends and family.

If you are looking to replace your cabinets or add new cabinets, there are tons of different options to choose from.  How do you narrow down the selection or even know where to start?

Here is some information with links to get you started:

Types of Cabinets –

There are three main types of cabinets:

  1. In-Stock Cabinets – these are cabinets that you can find in any home improvement store.  They are pre-made from standard sizes, colors, and styles.  As long as the size fits your measurements, make your selection from the available cabinets and you can have the cabinets in hours or days depending on stock and delivery options.  Since they are pre-made from stock templates and styles, there are usually very few options regarding design and construction materials.  In-stock cabinets are typically more basic and only available for certain measurements.  This means if you need an odd size, it may not be offered and cabinets will need to be modified (this could change the functionality and look of the cabinet).  In-Stock cabinets are usually the best option for tight budgets and tight timelines.   https://www.homedepot.com/c/kitchen_cabinet_collection_by_colors
  2. Semi-Custom Cabinets – these are stock cabinets that do allow some customizing options with regard to style and measurements.  Because of the customizing options, they are usually more expensive that standard in-stock cabinets.  Depending on the customization involved, there are usually longer lead times for delivery and a flexible installation schedule is recommended.
  3. Custom Cabinets – these are usually the most expensive cabinets.  With unlimited style options, material options, and any size you need, the only restriction is your budget.  To get started, a meeting is usually set with a designer, cabinet maker and contractor.  During this meeting, measurements are taken and the design is discussed.  All parties involved decide on style and material choices.  Preliminary drawings are provided and many revisions can be drawn before final approval.  Once the cabinet maker will begin building the cabinets.  These cabinets usually have the longest lead time since they are completely custom and many times require ordering custom materials (which also can have long delivery times).  It is best to have a very loose installation schedule for custom cabinets.

Make sure to check out our projects page for some our custom cabinet designs:  https://hcgcontractor.com/projects/ 


If you have any questions about kitchen cabinets or need an estimate explaining the different options for your kitchen, contact us by phone, email or on our website: Contact Us



central vacuum

What is a Central Vacuum?

what is a central vacuum?

Most people are familiar with the standard vacuum that is standing in a closet, but how many people are familiar with the built-in central vacuum system that has been in homes since the 19th century?

Central vacuums are a great addition for homes with stairs and larger homes.  Instead of having to carry a vacuum up stairs and across large areas, a central vacuum collection canister is installed in a garage or laundry room.  Depending on the type of unit, the collection canister may need to be installed against an exterior wall in order to install an exterior vent for dirt and dust, similar to an exhaust fan or clothes dryer.  After selecting where they will be placed and in which rooms, hose outlets are installed and pipes are run from the outlets to the collection canister.  Homeowners can choose to have the vacuum hoses attached to the outlets and hidden, or detached to be used when needed.

When deciding on which central vacuum to purchase, there are other costs that homeowners need to consider:

  • drywall and painting repair costs after installing the collection canister
  • if choosing a central vacuum that needs to be vented, material and repair costs depending on where vented
  • drywall, trim, molding, and painting repair costs after installing outlets
  • piping costs to connect outlets to collection canister
  • cabinet options and costs to hide permanently attached hoses
  • additional electrical wiring that may be needed

If you are interested in more information on different brands of central vacuums, here is a review of several:

Top 7 Best Central Vacuums

Unlike a standard vacuum, you cannot put the vacuum in your car and take it to a vacuum repair store when there is a problem.  A home visit will be needed by a contractor with central vacuum experience to diagnose the problem.  Some issues that may arise that could require a contractor and replacement items:

  • replacement of vacuum bag
  • muffler installation for a loud vacuum
  • vacuum motor replacement
  • replacement hoses
  • reduced vacuum suction
  • vacuum not functioning properly or not at all
  • clogged pipes

If you have any questions about new central vacuum selection, installation estimates, or issues with your existing central vacuum system, contact us by phone, email or on our website: Contact Us


roof maintenance, repair or replace

Your Roof: To Repair or Replace

How can you tell if your roof can be repaired, or if it needs to be replaced?
  • Shingles – if your shingles do not bend and crumble, they may need to be replaced
  • Surface under the shingles – if you can see the shingle underlayment, it may be time for a new roof
  • Roof ridge – if the ridge or your roof straight, or does it have waves?  It there are any sunken spots in the ridge of your roof, it may be time to call a professional for an estimate.
  • Layers of shingles – if you have multiple layers of shingles and still have a leak, this may be a sign of previous repairs.  This could mean that your roof needs to be replaced