Refinishing Hardwood floor in Houston. When is it time?
Refinishing hardwood floor is one of the least expensive ways to improve and change the look of your home. It is especially impactful if you have hardwood floors underneath your carpet and/or if you change the stain color.
To some extent, this is a personal choice as to when you refinishing hardwood floor. I certainly have customers who are very particular and like their wood floors in tip top condition; I have others that have let their floors go for 20-30 years, so there is a wide range. On average, most customers will do wood floors refinishing every 10 yrs or so – potentially sooner if you have a busy household with lots of kids and pets; potentially longer if you/your kids take your shoes off in the house.
Hardwood floors Refinishing in Houston often costs less than most customers think – I love doing these estimates because I always feel like I’m delivering good news – here’s an inexpensive way that we can greatly improve the look of your home…and, it’s less than you thought it would be!
For those of you not familiar with the process, it is a bit long and messy, so this is often why people put it off. First, you sand the hardwood floors – you take off the first couple of layers (including the current stain color), so you are left with raw unfinished wood. Usually, you do 3 cuts (each one with finer sanding grains) so the floors are smooth. Then, you apply stain (or leave natural) and let it dry 24 hours. You then add on 2-3 coats of polyurethane letting each coat dry for 24 hrs (and you screen it in between coats so the poly will stick better). Women – for those that get manicures, it’s basically the same process to make sure your nail polish stays on longer.
During this time, you can not walk on the floors and ALL furniture needs to be moved out of the rooms.This is where the complications lie.
So, when is the best time to refinish your hardwood floors?
1. Before you move in. By far, this is the best time to refinishing hardwood since there’s no furniture and no disruption of living nor the smell. So, if you know someone moving into a new home and considering this, tell them to do it NOW (before they move in) and not later. It’s also less expensive if the room is empty (no cost for moving furniture).
2. Try to Hardwood refinishing while you are away on vacation. This is a must do if it involves steps or sections leading to the bedrooms – remember you can’t walk on them for 4-5 days. You also avoid the smell this way. Alternatively, you could stay with family or friends.
3. If you are selling your home, try to refinish before you sell. If your hardwood floors are in bad shape, it’s a reflection of how well the house your house is maintained. Doing this project before the house is listed is a very smart investment and believe me you will get your return on it. It will help your house sell faster and a higher value. If it’s not done, potential buyers know they will need to do it and they will think it’s more expensive than it really is and hold back that amount in what they are willing to pay for the home. Again, you may consider doing this while you’re away. Or, if you’ve already moved, now is a perfect time for it.
Hardwood floors finishes:
Water base polyurethane is a bit duller as opposed to oil base but also has some advantages. One of the advantages of water base polyurethane is its fast drying time. Most residential floors require two-four coats of finish with one hour drying time in between coats. Upon completion of final coat, normal foot traffic can continue within 24 hours. Another advantage of water base finish is its less irritating fumes caused by high VOC levels.
Oil base polyurethane is scratch and moisture resistant and works well in commercial or residential areas with high foot traffic. Two to three coats are usually applied using oil base with a 12 hour drying time in between coats. However, we recommend you wait 24-48 hours after the final coat before you move in funiture. This type of urethane tends to develop into an amber like (orange-brownish) color as it ages giving.
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