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Everything You Need to Know About Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Denver


June 7, 2017

Every type of flooring will eventually begin to show signs of wear and tear, including hardwood. But unlike other flooring materials, hardwood can return to its original state if it is refinished. Here’s everything you need to know about hardwood refinishing in Denver:

What is Refinishing?

Refinishing is the process of taking the finish off of your hardwood floors and replacing it with a new finish. Most scratches and signs of damage are on the finish of your floors, not the actual wood. Therefore, refinishing will allow you to remove the scratches and other damage and make your floors look brand new again.
 
There are two steps to refinishing hardwood floors. The first step is using a drum sander machine on your floors. The sanding machine will remove the finish from your floors so you can move onto the next step, which is applying a new finish once you have reached bare wood.
 
In some cases, a buffing machine may be enough to remove the scratches from your finish so you don’t have to use the sander and reapply the finish. Talk to a hardwood flooring professional to determine if you will be able to restore your floors with just a buffing machine, or if they need to be completely sanded down and refinished.

When to Refinish

Homeowners don’t have to wait a certain length of time before they can refinish their wood. Some homeowners may need to refinish their wood sooner than others, depending on foot traffic and a number of other factors. Basically, if you see that your wood is beginning to look beat up, it may be time to refinish your floors.
 
It’s estimated that hardwood flooring can withstand between 10 to 12 refinishing jobs in its lifetime. However, not all engineered hardwood flooring can withstand the refinishing process. Refer to the manufacturer's product guide for your type of flooring.  Here’s what you need to know about hardwood floor refinishing.

DIY vs. Professionals

Many homeowners want to tackle this project on their own to save money, but this is probably not a good idea. If you have never refinished a floor, it is very likely that you will make a mistake the first time. Every mistake that you make while refinishing the floors in your home will be noticeable, so you may end up spending more on repairs than you would have spent if you called in a professional to handle the job in the first place.
 
Plus, refinishing kicks up a lot of dust and debris in your home, which could irritate your respiratory system if you don’t have the proper safety gear. For this reason alone, it’s important that you work with a professional instead of trying to do this project on your own.
 
Learn more about hardwood flooring and the process of refinishing your floors by contacting the experts at Design Craft! Design Craft is a family-owned business in the greater Denver area. We specialize in various flooring and window treatments, and pride ourselves on our customer service and attention to detail. Contact us today for an estimate by calling 303-683-7200!