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Good quality hardwood flooring is engineered to last a lifetime, able to withstand a reasonable amount of neglect or abuse. Though timeless in beauty and design, years of foot traffic from both humans and pets, chemical exposure from cleaning products, dirt, spills, and friction from furniture can take their toll, and floors can begin to look worn, dull and damaged. Unlike carpeting or tile which require replacing, hardwood can typically be refinished, and made to look as good as new, but the question is: Should you refinish your hardwood floors yourself?
The method of repair is dependent on the type, and depth of damage to your floors.
The clear, protective coating placed on top of hardwood is designed to provide a barrier between the elements and bare wood, while adding a luminous finish and shine. This topcoat can become scratched, or scuffed, and while it may look unsightly, is merely surface damage. A buffing tool is used with a series of different grits, to remove the scratches and restore the original sheen, and finally, a new topcoat is applied,
In the case of more extreme damage, floors will need to be completely refinished from the ground up. A professional repair includes the following steps:
The process of hardwood floor refinishing is labor intensive, noisy, and messy, requiring a wide variety of tools and safety equipment, and is best left to a professional with years of experience for a number of reasons:
Are you ready to refinish your wood floors in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington, DC? Elegant Floor Service is the company to call! Serving homeowners from Ellicott City to Silver Spring, Bethesda, Vienna, Alexandria, and everything in between, we provide a hardwood floor refinishing service that leaves our clients’ floors looking as beautiful as the day they were installed, regardless of whether they have oak, maple, or another type of wood floor.
Our goal is to do the job correctly the first time so you can start enjoying your refinished wood floors as soon as possible. So what are you waiting for? Contact us for hardwood floor refinishing today!