Have you been thinking about refinishing hardwood floors in your home? As a general rule, most hardwood starts showing signs of age after about 20 years, but some hardwood floor installations will need to be repaired, refinished, or replaced before that. If you’ve never refinished your hardwood floors before, the task can seems a bit daunting. There are, after all, several important elements to consider before scheduling the project with your hardwood flooring specialist. Here are four considerations to keep in mind when it comes time to refinish the hardwood floors in your home.
Refinishing Hardwood Floors is NOT a Good DIY Project
If you’re handy, you might be wondering if you can make refinishing the hardwood floors your next big project. This is not advisable. Working with hardwood flooring can get complicated quickly. Furthermore, proceeding without the right tools will only result in more expense than necessary. Ultimately, hiring a flooring contractor for the job will save you time, money, and stress.
Find the Right Flooring Contractor
There are right and wrong ways to refinish hardwood floors; so you want to ensure yours is done the right way. It’s important not to jump at the lowest estimate for the job; shop around for a quality flooring contractor who really knows how to do the work correctly. Remember, it’s okay to ask for references and proof of previous work.
Consider the Cost Beforehand
The cost of refinishing hardwood floors varies, but you should plan on paying per square foot. It’s a pretty big job that includes sanding the old floors, staining them, and adding several coats of finish. Look for quotes in the $3 to $6 range. As a rule, if the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Plan for the Project Accordingly
Most hardwood refinishing projects will take three to five days, but this timeframe can be longer if your home is very large. It’s important to decide early whether you want to be present for this or staying elsewhere. Factors to consider include large amounts of dust from sanding, strong smells from stains, the inability to use floors until they’ve fully cured.
Ready to refinish your hardwood floors today? Ken’s Custom Floors is here to help make sure your hardwood flooring project goes smoothly. Visit our website for more information about our company and the many services we offer. You can also call (360) 775–2134 to set up an appointment or get a free in-home estimate online.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Serving Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Everson, Lummi Island, Sudden Valley, Anacortes and all of Whatcom County for over 20 Years