Refinishing a hardwood floor is the most intensive since it completely removes the existing layer of finish before a new layer is added. Refinishing a hardwood floor can be used to repair moderate to severe scratches (where the actual wood has been damaged) or when you want to change the color of your hardwood floor with a different stain.
Using sanding machines we will remove the existing coating layers and stain back to the original bare wood. This is done using sanding machines and is the process needed to change the colour of the wood or when there are scratches and other signs of wear to the flooring. We also offer a dustless sanding service which doesn’t completely remove all dust but it does use a system that contains the dust during the sanding process. This process is lengthier than the traditional sanding and can add time and cost to the project.
Recoating a hardwood floor is more intensive because it uses a buffer to lightly scuff the existing finish. This buffering (or screening) helps to remove ground in debris that polishing can’t reach. After the floor has been completely buffed, the existing finish is recoated with another layer of finish. It’s important to note that when you recoat a hardwood floor, the existing layer of finish remains intact.
The floor encounters many challenges. People walking on it, children playing on it, dogs, cats and general everyday wear and tear. Once the stain has been applied our team will coat the floor with either an oil based, water based or acid cured finish.
There are many different stain shades available. Although color charts are helpful, what looks right printed on paper will always look different on its intended surface. Also, different types of hardwood floors can look different with the same stain, so consider the species.
Stain will also look a little different on refinished flooring than on newly installed wood, but proper sanding will help it accept the stain better. Try several different stain colors on a sample of the same kind of wood as your flooring to get a good idea of the final result.