Refinishing hardwood floors actually takes more time that replacing them. Refinishing can take up to five days or longer and the surface must not be touched. Depending on the area we’re refinishing, the homeowner can stay in the residence or can stay elsewhere. We typically recommend that your family move out of the house during this process, due to the dust, odor and general disruption.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to restore every hardwood floor through refinishing. If the wood floor is too thin from repeated sanding, or has puckering or warping issues, or if a good deal of the wood has become extensively damaged, you will want to replace the whole floor.
While doing this type of project yourself is not impossible, in the hands of the novice, you could do more damage than good. If you’ve ever looked up “How to Refinish Hardwood Floors” on the internet, you may have read of disasters when trying to do this type of work yourself.
Refinishing hardwood floors is a great investment. If you’re lucky enough to have a home with solid hardwood floors, they will definitely add value to your home. But only if they look great. Time and traffic take their toll on hardwood floors in the form of scratches, scrapes, dents, worn areas and water stains or buckling. One of the great things about solid hardwood floors is that you can refinish them. And this can be done several times over the course of their lifespan. You can also choose to update the style of your hardwood floors in the form of a new color. If you’re selling your home, this is also a good investment, as well-done flooring immediately impacts potential buyers.Obviously, the other choice is to replace the existing hardwood floors with new hardwood flooring. Here are some things to consider:
As we begin work, we’ll cordon off the room with plastic sheeting to create a dust barrier. We’ll use our Dustless Sanding System to keep down the amount of dust and odor.
After the finish of the floor has dried, you’ll want to add felt pads on the bottoms of furniture to minimize scratches and dings. You’ll also want to consider adding rugs in front of entrances (make sure to avoid rubber backed rugs, which may discolor your floor.)
It’s almost always less expensive to refinish your hardwood floor than to replace it. When replacing, you must consider the cost of the new wood as well as the installation.
If your primary objective is to revitalize your floors and restore their former luster, you should probably refinish them. This is especially true if they just have minor issues as mentioned above. But if you’re looking for a complete change in the way your floor looks, i.e., the width or grain of the wood, or the direction of the planks, you may want to consider replacing them.
To start your refinishing project today, fill out the form to the right, or give us a call at 503-855-3740. You can also visit our showroom at 4030 SW Borland Rd. Tualatin OR 97062.
We service the whole Portland, Oregon metro including Tualatin, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Gresham, West Linn, Wilsonville and others. We also serve Vancouver, WA, Salem, Eugene and more.
First, you get to do the fun part. That is choosing the color and finish that you want (Please visit the "Stain colors" page above). Just like if you’re installing new hardwood floors, you’ll want to take into consideration the size of the room, the wall color and texture, and what other hardwoods you have in the house. Visit our showroom and pick out some samples to take home with you. See how they look under different lights and next to cabinetry and furniture. See our color samples here. As for the finish, we offer a variety of finishes including Swedish finish, Water-based floor finish, Oil-based finish, polywhey finish, and others.
When you’re ready, we’ll come to your home and examine the floor’s condition. If any mitigation issues are needed (such as dehumidifying due to water damage,) we’ll recommend those at this time. We’ll measure the rooms with the hardwood flooring and provide you with a detailed estimate.Before we begin work, you’ll want to remove all of the furniture, paintings, drapes, pets, and other furnishings from the room.
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