Restoring your hardwood floor is a great way to bring new life back to your home. Whether your hardwood floor has been covered by carpeting for years or needs refinishing, the restoration process, if done right, can be relatively straightforward. Knowing what to expect before starting your restoration is pivotal in minimizing the project’s time and avoiding any tricky issues. Here are six things that you should consider before you begin the repair of your hardwood flooring.
1. The Three Types of Finish
There are three different kinds of finishes that you can choose from for your hardwood flooring.
Polyurethane – Oil or water-based and tends to darken hardwood over time. Polyurethane is excellent for high-traffic areas such as a living room or family room, but it is tough to “Spot repair” if damaged.
Varnish – Has a matte-glossy look and darkens with age and is repairable if damaged.
Penetrating Sealer – Has a very natural look and brings out the grain of the wood. This sealer provides excellent protection, especially when it is waxed. It is effortless to repair if damaged.
2. Considering a Contractor and Costs
Hardwood floors can present challenges that are tough to overcome. One small mistake can ruin your whole floor. With that said, unless you are very patient and skilled, it may be a good idea to look into hiring a professional contractor who has experience with hardwood flooring.
The only downside of hiring a professional is the cost. The standard contractor charges around $3-$4 per square foot. If you are refinishing your 2,000 square foot house, your bill would be upwards of $7,500. If you do this project yourself, the equipment and supplies needed would cost around $700.
3. Prepare the Room
If you decide to tackle the project on your own, make sure to clean the room thoroughly. Remove all furniture, rugs, and base molding out of the room and sweep the floor. After sweeping, vacuum the corners of the room to remove hard to reach dirt. Lastly, wipe down the hardwood with a concentrated cleaner such as Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. This cleaner will remove the last of the excess dirt and dust.
4. Leave Your House
Depending on the type of finish you are using, leaving your home may be a good idea. Odors from stain and polyurethane can linger in your house for numerous days. On top of the smell, it can take weeks for treated floors to cure fully.
5. Rent Equipment
Avoid buying equipment or tools that you will only use once. Most local hardware stores will rent out their equipment, such as sanders and dusters, for very cheap rates.
6. One Area at a Time
Once you have completed all the necessary steps to prep your floor for staining, work with small areas (4 square feet) at a time. Take your time throughout the project and focus on the little things.
Here at Belmont Flooring Center, we offer our customers a free estimate and warranty on our work and materials. If you are residing in the Belmont-Charlotte area and need your floors refinished, do not hesitate to give us a call at 704-825-9985!