How Do I Repair My Hardwood Floor?

How do I repair my hardwood floor? Experts give tips on how to repair hardwood floors. You would need to sand the whole floor down. A lot of people confuse refinishing with what is more typically used to...

You would need to sand the whole floor down. A lot of people confuse refinishing with what is more typically used to maintain the floor; which is sanding and recoating. Sanding and recoating basically opens up the surface pores of the existing finish and allows you to reapply another coat of polyurethane and it really freshens the floor. It brings life to the floor and makes it look new again. A refinish is where you basically sand the product down to the bare wood and depending on the type of floor you have: if it is an engineered floor, you might be limited to how many times you can do that. But we found that over the life of the floor it would be unusual for someone to refinish a pre-finished engineered floor or hardwood solid floor more than once. Typically, the expense of doing that is not that far off from buying a new pre-finished floor and in the amount of time it takes, you can actually tear out a floor and install a new floor in probably less time than you can refinish a floor. This is because you typically have to go back with several coats of polyurethane over several days to get that floor in living condition. And frankly the polyurethane finishes that are applied are not as durable as the aluminum oxide UV cure finish that is put on pre-finished products in the factory. A pre-finished product is a product that is stained and coated with aluminum oxide. It's a very hard and durable finish and its UV cured and baked on in the factory. A site finished floor would be a situation where someone installs unfinished boards in the room and then they come over the top of that with either a natural polyurethane or they may stain it a certain color and then polyurethane over the top of that.

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