If you have had your wooden floor for more than twenty years and have never sanded them you will probably start seeing signs of ageing such as dullness, scratches, staining and discoloring. The moment you see one of these, it is a clear indication that you need floor sanding.
The good thing is that ¾ inch thick hard wood floors can be sanded only about 6-8 times during their lifetime. So unless you moved into a house whose previous resident was particularly aggressive or careless or are living in a very old house, there is a great chance that floor sanding will breathe new life into your hard wood floors.
You are going to need about 1/32 of an inch of wood sitting on top of your floors for floor sanding. If you have any heat registers in the floor, you may need to remove a grille and look at the surrounding planks through a sidelong look to check if it’s available.
If that’s not possible, you can seek for the help of a professional to come help you check it out. Note that floor sanding is not done on laminated wooden floors such as Pergo.
The best thing to do is contract a sanding company that will come and inspect the conditions of your floors so they know exactly what needs to be done. This is a good thing because you can be sure that your floors are not going to be ruined. But even then, you need to find certified floor sanders so you don’t end up entrusting your precious hard wood floors to a quack.
Crowd sourcing is the best way to find a good sanding company. Ask your family and friends to give you the contact of the company they use after establishing that it is a reliable company. If this does not work, run an internet search for sanding companies in your area and check out their profiles including their qualifications, certifications and licensing.
It is also very important to check out the customer reviews left by previous clients as this will help you know the type of company you are dealing with. If you find three good companies, get their quotations and compare them so you get the best rate.
Contact a timber flooring supplier and start discussing the modalities that are going to be involved in refurbishing your floors.
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