hardwood floor installationUp to 54% of potential home buyers were willing to pay more money for a home with hardwood flooring, according to a 2013 report from AOL Finance. This is because hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpet, don’t stain when a child drops their juice, and don’t change color with years of grime. Perhaps more importantly, hardwood floors are associated with luxury and elegance, with both classical and modern styles. Hardwood floors are timeless, but that isn’t to say hardwood floors don’t show their age.

After 20 years or so, even custom hardwood flooring can begin to look old with dulling color, discoloration, and scratches. Fortunately, professional hardwood floor refinishers can make your flooring shine again with a little sanding and staining.

When do floors need refinishing?
You should look into getting your floors refinished when they begin to look a little worse for wear or when you decide to change the color of the wood. Between the time of your hardwood floor installation and the time of your hardwood floor’s replacement, your floor can be refinished and sanded between six to eight times.

This is because, in order to sand, there needs to be 1/32 of an inch of wood at least on your floors. It all depends on the thickness of the top layer of the wood. For reference, a typical hardwood floor is 3/4 of an inch thick.

Is refinishing my floors a job I can do myself?
Hardwood floor installation and hardwood floor refinishing are both jobs that aren’t recommended for DIY projects. Many homeowners who try to refinish their own floors end up costing themselves more money because the equipment is expensive to rent and you’re not likely to get professional results.

Rental companies typically offer renters 110-volt sanders for refinishing their hardwood floors; a professional floor installer and finisher uses equipment that runs on 220-volts. In the end, you’ll be less stressed hiring a professional who knows what they’re doing and is guaranteed to give you the hardwood floors you want without the DIY mistakes.

How do I find the best hardwood floor care?
Either look for a service that offers hardwood floor installation or hardwood floor refinishing or both. Then read online reviews and gather leads from friends. Consultations are also great ways to get to know a company before you settle on who to choose to refinish your floors. Even a simple phone call will help you learn a little more about them and what they do.

Refinishing your floors isn’t something that should be done often, but when you do refinish your floors be sure to seek out a quality professional. For more information on the hardwood floor refinishing Seattle trusts, contact Seattle Hardwood Floors today.