Refinishing Hardwood Floors is not something that should be tried by the inexperienced. The degree of difficulty for completing a task of this nature varies from surface to surface. Each species of hardwood that is used for the creation of a floor reacts differently to the techniques that can be used to resurface them. Without the proper knowledge and experience a home owner runs the risk of causing further damage. Hardwood floors are subject to being scratched, dented or grooved through accidents and improper maintenance methods. This variation in damage can result in a number of different concerns for the home owner wanting to repair them. Each of these forms of damage requires a different technique to complete the repair process. Each technique requires special tools and knowledge to perform correctly.
How much does refinishing hardwood floors cost? This is a question that several home owners ask before making a decision on whether or not to proceed with hiring a professional or trying the task themselves. Unfortunately there is no sure fire way to provide an average estimate that will be useful for each and every home owner. They type of hardwood present in the home in conjunction with what type of damage is apparent will have a significant impact on the estimate that is offered. The cost of refinishing hardwood floors will also be affected by the square footage of the floor being resurfaced. In some cases hidden damage may not be evident until the refinishing process has begun, which not only affects the overall cost but the degree of difficulty involved with the procedure as well.
Refinishing Prefinished Hardwood Floors
Refinishing prefinished hardwood floors may be an easier task to accomplish for the Do It Yourself crowd. The process of resurfacing a package of pre-surfaced hardwood flooring should be as simple as sanding off the current coat and replacing it with the desired stain and protective coating. It will be necessary to take precaution when performing this procedure as it will still be possible to cause damage. Sanding wood unevenly will create an unnatural feel to the floor once it is installed. It takes a steady hand and attention to detail to perform this procedure correctly. If the home owner has access to an automated planer the process will be significantly less complicated and provide a smooth and precise surface to work with when applying the stain. (more…)