No matter what wood is used, hardwood flooring is designed to last for decades. Most people who install a new hardwood floor will only do it once for that space. It is easy to maintain, it is friendly to those with allergies, it works with any décor, and it is built to last. All of these features make hardwood flooring one of the most appealing options.
While you may not replace your entire floor often, if at all, you may want to look into refinishing services from time to time. This provides a way to rejuvenate old flooring, and in some cases, give your floor a completely new look.
In simple terms, hardwood refinishing is a floor rejuvenation project that involves sanding the top layer and applying a stain and lacquer over the existing wood. Because the previous layer of stain will have been removed, the new stain does not have to match the original colour.
No. When you refinish your floor, all you are doing is sanding the top layer and adding a fresh coat of stain. It is done for the purpose of revitalizing the look of your floor and changing the colour if you choose to.
Resurfacing is more involved, and it is done for the purpose of making the floor functionally better. Old worn-out planks are removed and replaced with new ones, uneven boards are sanded down, and all of the planks are inspected and reinforced with new nails if needed. In many cases, a resurfacing job is followed by a refinishing.
Unless you are a DIY expert, you will want to leave the refinishing job to flooring experts who have worked with all kinds of hardwood floors. We especially recommend hiring a professional if you have a herringbone floor, since care has to be taken to preserve the pattern.
If you are ready to give your floor a new look, give us a call. We will ask you questions about your floor and the space it is in, how old it is and what wood it is made of. Using this information, we will present you with some recommendations and a quote, and we will schedule a day to get started.
These are the steps we will take to refinish your hardwood floor.
Once all furniture and area rugs have been removed, we will hammer down any protruding nails and ensure that all floorboards are firmly in place. We will cover your vents to prevent sanding dust from getting into your duct system, and then we will be ready to proceed.
This is the thin strip of moulding where the floor meets the wall. We will carefully remove it, ensuring that it remains intact.
Your floor will go through several rounds of sanding to remove scratches and stains. Our flooring experts use high quality tools and the highest grade of sandpaper. Dust is removed after each round of sanding.
It can be difficult to get into corners and small spaces with our sanding equipment, so we use a smaller sander for the borders and corners of the room, as well as small spaces like closets or steps. The sanding process is the same as it is for the previous step – the only difference is the machine used.
Buffing, or screen sanding, gets rid of the small scratches and minor unevenness that may have been left by the sanding equipment. Once this is done, we clean the floor thoroughly to get rid of any remaining dust.
Finally, we apply a wood stain in any colour of your choice. Your options depend on the kind of wood your floor is made of: some woods are more porous, and stain more easily, meaning a wider range of colours is available. The final step is a coat of wood finish that will provide a protective barrier that will keep your floor looking good and lasting for many more years.