So, your hardwood floors are looking a little dull and damaged. Rather than completely replacing them, however, you're thinking about having them professionally refinished. This can be a great way to make your floors look like new once again. Before you hire just any company to trust with your floors, however, there are some questions worth asking.
What Type of Finish Do You Use?
The two most common types of wood floor stains are lacquer and polyurethane. Generally, a lacquer finish is less expensive and can be applied more quickly than a water- or oil-based polyurethane. However, if you're looking for a finish that's going to withstand the test of time, you'll want to shell out a little more money (and time) for a company that'll use polyurethane.
What Kinds of Samples Will You Provide?
Some floor refinishing companies will bring in their own wood samples to lay down on your floor and help you make a decision on a refinishing stain color. Unfortunately, these wood samples may not accurately reflect what your floors will look like when the work is done, especially if their samples use a different type of wood. To get the best idea of what color you want for your floors, the company should be willing to actually do a few test spots on your floors.
What Steps Will You Take to Minimize the Mess?
Refinishing wooden floors often requires a great deal of sanding to remove existing finish and smooth out imperfections in the wood. Therefore, you'll want to find a company that'll take specific measures to minimize the amount of dust and mess in your home. For example, will they cover your furniture with plastic? Will their services include cleanup? These are all important questions to ask.
Who is Responsible for Moving Furniture?
Speaking of furniture, all of it will need to be moved out of the room being refinished. Be sure to find out ahead of time if this is included in your quote, if you'll have to pay extra to have them do it, or if you can save some money by moving the furniture yourself.
Will the Home Need to Be Vacated?
Finally, find out what the company's expectations are in terms of whether you'll be able to remain in the home during refinishing or not. For example, if you're having an entire floor of your home refinished, then you may need to make arrangements to stay in a hotel or with a friend while the work is being done.
If you're looking for a floor company in your area, visit Cooper Floors.
Flooring can take up a big chunk of your building or renovation budget. Is this something that you can cut down the cost of so that you don't run out of money before the project is complete? In some cases, your first choice may not be the best for your budget. We have put this blog together to help those going through the process of renovating or building a home find the flooring that will fit into their budgets without sacrificing looks or quality. When you come to the end, you will have a good idea of what you can afford and what you want in your home.