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What To Expect When You Have Your Hardwood Floors Refinished

Hardwood floors are highly coveted in homes due to their beauty, timelessness, and durability. Rooms that have hardwood flooring tend to look classic and elegant, and hardwood floors will never go out of style. But, while hardwood flooring is gorgeous and long-lasting, it can develop issues over the years as it ages. Surface stains, scratches, and fading are all issues that can arise. If you have any problems with your home's hardwood floors, don't assume that you need to tear out your current floor and have new hardwood installed. Refinishing hardwood floors is an excellent way to restore them and solve a number of issues. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect when you have hardwood refinishing done:

Sanding

Hardwood floor planks come in different size thicknesses, and most hardwood flooring materials can safely be sanded more than once. When you get your hardwood floors refinished, the first step is sanding. The process of sanding the surface of the wood removes imperfections,such as scratches, stains, and areas of fading. It is important to note that the sanding process can produce dust; most professional floor refinishing companies take several steps and use special equipment to minimize dust, but it can't be eliminated entirely.

Staining

One of the great things about hardwood flooring materials is that they can be stained after they are sanded. This means that if you would like to, you can change the entire look of your wood floors by having them stained. Talk to the company refinishing your hardwood floors to learn more about the different stain options available. You do not have to have your hardwood flooring stained during the refinishing process if you do not want to. If you are very happy with the color of your flooring, this step can be skipped. 

Sealing with Polyurethane

The final step in the hardwood floor refinishing process is sealing it. This is done by applying coats of polyurethane. Different types of wood flooring may require a different number of coats of poly, but almost all floors need more than one coat. Each coat of polyurethane needs to dry completely before the next coat is applied, so the length of the refinishing project can depend on the number of poly coats. If possible, try to schedule your hardwood floor refinishing project during dry, warm weather. Polyurethane takes much longer to dry in humid weather, which can extend the length of the project. 


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