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What To Know Before Refurbishing Your Floors

Regular hardwood floors can last for a significantly long amount of time. It’s at around 20 years in that they start to show signs of wear and tear, as well as age though. You begin to see things like scratches, dulling of the finish, and of course fading. These are the most common signs that your hardwood floors need to be refinished. In most all cases, hardwood flooring can be refinished and the floors can once again be brought back to life. One of the most important rules about deciding for your floors can be refinished is to take a look at the actual thickness of the wood.

You need at least 1/32 of an inch to refinish them so unless you have a really old floor or the owner before you was aggressive at finishing the engineered wood flooring or hardwood flooring, you should be okay. You can’t refinish laminate wood flooring. But you might be able to refinish engineered wood flooring depending on the finish as well as the layer thickness over the top of the engineered hardwood. Tilemarkets.com is one online store that gives you a very good overview when you have any flooring options related queries.


Below, we will be going over other things you need to know about when you are refinishing hardwood flooring, from why you want to do it, how to hire a pro, and more.

Why Refinish Wood Floors

Wood floors need to be refinished and sanded down if you want to restore the original look of the wood, change the color of it by staining it, or you simply want to change the look of the floor overall i.e, clear out scratches, dents, bumps, etc.

Who To Hire

Not just anyone can refinish your floor for you. Whether it’s hardwood flooring or engineered wood, you need a professional that can come in. You want to find someone who specifically deals with refinishing or someone who is a hardwood floor installer. When having a renovation, you can even consider asking your contractor if they know of someone they can refer you to. Another way to keep yourself up-to-date with going on trends is catching up with online news articles such as on today.com.

Who Not To Hire

Alright, let’s be honest, hiring a professional will cost money. But, at least it’s going to be done right. Some people might choose to cut out the middleman and try to refinish their floor on their own and this is simply the worst idea ever. Especially if you don’t have experience in something like this. To top it off, the tools you can get your hands on as a DIY are not going to be the same that a pro can get. For example, a sander; you might only be able to find 110 volt sanders specifically for use by consumers. But, a professional might be able to get something like a 220 volt sander because he or she has the business of refinishing wood, and you do not! Make sure you are hiring a true professional for this specific type of job. In the same way you wouldn’t hire a handyman to fix your teeth, you wouldn’t use a handyman to fix your expensive beautiful wood floors.

How Much Does It Cost?

Obviously there are variables such as where you live, the size of the job, how accessible the floors are, etc which you will be estimating. As well as how you want it finished, you want it stained or whatever else. Overall though when putting money aside, it’s a good idea to consider anywhere between $2.40 and $5.50 per square foot for sanding, staining and of course the finish. When you have a tiny home or an apartment that you wish to design where there are a lot of steps they have to walk up and down, or they have to pay for their own parking or they have to park far away, this could increase the budget double or triple the amount. Why not do some online research in this regard as well and have a look at salterspiralstair.com to get your mind wrapped around the stair case budget too?

How Long Does This Take?

Again, this is dependent on the job at hand. But, in most cases, a project like this will take anywhere from 2 to 7 days. It’s all going to be dependent on the size of the project and how complex the job at hand is going to be. Due to the noise, dust and disruption this could cause for you, it might be a good idea to rent a hotel room for a few days rather than stay in the home.

Alternative Options

Refinishing your floors can become an expensive project. You can consider alternatives as well. want something quicker and cheaper, you can also look into something called re-screening. This is a process in which a machine will rough up the floor, and then the floor is buffed and a new coat of poly is then brushed onto the flooring. It’s a good idea to get a consultation for both procedures and see which one will work out best for you in terms of cost and time.

 

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