Refinishing Hardwood Floors – Calling a Professional or DIY?

If you’re doing research regarding refinishing your hardwood floors you’re probably seeing a lot of do it yourself advice and instruction online. Here are some things to consider before taking the leap and attempting the job yourself.

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Look Into Rental Equipment – Often home improvement stores have equipment to rent but it can be booked in advance. So if you’re planning a complete sanding and refinishing project, be sure to start with the equipment and supplies you need and make sure they are all available. What costs will you incur? Have you properly estimated the time you will need to rent the equipment? If you don’t already own a small sander, you’ll need to plan on purchasing one of those for the edges.

Consider Prep time – whether you hire a professional like Seer Flooring to refinish your wood floors or decide to do it yourself, you’ll need to clear the space of furniture, curtains, and wall hangings. If you’re doing this yourself, you’ll also need to remove registers, shoe molding, doors and even make sure that all vents in the area are sealed to prevent dust from getting in them. It’s also advisable to look for nail heads that are protruding and get those in before starting the sanding.

Know Your Schedule – Are you a weekend do it yourselfer? Are you prepared to be displaced from your space for two or more weekends? Even if you only apply polyurethane you’ll need to put on two coats and most manufacturers recommend at least 24 hours between coats and as much as 72 hours before moving furniture back.

What’s Your Time Worth – For many busy families, time together has value and if you plan on allocating several weekends with this project, you may have to forgo family time. Although this isn’t a fixed expense, it is something to be considered. Alternatively, if you’re planning on taking time off work to do this project, you know what your time is worth.

Once you’ve looked into your time and materials, contact a professional wood floor refinishing company like Seer Flooring for an estimate on your project. They will be able to tell you just how much time it will take them and give you a written estimate. We can be reached at 727-785-1930 or by using our convenient online contact form.