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What to Know Before Refinishing Your Hardwood

Alide Oortwijn

There are various benefits to having hardwood flooring throughout your home. It's warm, inviting, classic, and attractive. Hardwood also works well in different styles of home and has long been a favorite. Another benefit of hardwood, it's durability. It's long-lasting, and when it starts to show wear and tear, it can be refinished. If you are thinking about extending the life of your hardwood flooring through refinishing, here are three things to know before you start the process. 

How Refinishing Works

The first thing to know is how is hardwood refinishing works. First, your flooring contract will thoroughly clean the wood and remove dirt and debris. Once your hardwood floors have been cleaned, the refinishing process can begin. First, the flooring needs to be sanded and repaired. Hardwood floor repair is a necessary step since any flaws in your flooring will become more obvious after the refinishing process. The next step involves staining and adding the topcoat. Once everything has dried, your hardwood flooring will look brand new. One of the benefits of refinishing is that it can be done between 10 and 12 times before the floors need to be replaced.

The Cost of Refinishing

Another thing to look into before starting the refinishing process is how much it will cost. You have a couple of options to choose from. You can refinish your floors yourself or you can hire a professional. While doing it yourself can save money, a professional will offer better results. On average, most homeowners spend between $1,074–$2,400 on hardwood floor refinishing. Even if you hire a professional, having your floors refinished will cost less than having them replaced.

How Long The Process Takes

The process of refinishing your hardwoods will require that you move around furniture and avoid walking on the floors until they are completely dry. This means that the process of refinishing may take longer than you expect. The type of topcoat used for your wood floors will also have a significant impact on dry time. An oil-based polyurethane topcoat will take longer to dry than a water-based topcoat. The total refinishing process will range between 3–5 days with an oil-based topcoat and between two and three days with a water-based topcoat.

Refinishing hardwood is a great way to bring new life into your home's flooring. However, before starting the process, there are a few things to know. Learn more about your options by contacting services like Kenton Carpet Care.


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The place we call home should be just that - a home. You should feel nothing but comfort and peace when you are at home. The layout and the way that you decorate your home will have a significant impact on the level of comfort you experience. This blog will provide you with several tips that will help you create the most comfortable and inviting place to call home. By the time you reach the conclusion, you will have ideas swirling through your mind of what you will do to your home next to improve how it looks and feels.