Hardwood floors add warmth and depth to any living space, and they're relatively easy to clean and maintain as long as they receive the attention they need. One of the primary maintenance issues with wood floors is bare wood exposure, which can lead to rot and decay. Most homeowners spend between $1,008 and $2,234 on refinishing although that depends on whether they refinish or recoat the floor. Both refinishing and recoating can ensure that floors are properly protected from damage and decay. Before getting bids, though, homeowners should determine whether they need to refinish or recoat. The difference between the two processes is important, even though the two methods appear to be similar.
When you look at all the scratches and marks to repair in your hardwood floor, you might think it's easier to replace them rather than taking the time to refinish them. However, there's a lot of benefits to refinishing the floors. These include:
- Cost: The cost to refinish the floors is far less than replacing them. The cost to install a wood floor is about $4,000 -- $2,000 more than refinishing.
- Age: The age of your floor can be a huge factor, especially if you only installed it a few years ago. You don't want to pull it up because it has as few scratches and start over again.
- Quality: This comes down to what kind of wood you had installed. If it's natural wood, then you should make it last as long as you can. If it's pre-fabricated wood, then it's not going to last as long either way.
Sometimes it might behoove you to replace the flooring and that comes into play in situations with:
- Water damage: Refinishing cannot do a lot to fix water damage, especially to a natural wood floor. If your kitchen or bathroom is flooded, it's going to do irreparable damage to the floor and subfloor.
- Structural integrity: If your wood floor starts bubbling or cracking, then you have more than scratches to deal with. This is when you need to replace it.
- Green upgrades: Sometimes the wood you install isn't eco-friendly, and you might consider replacing it with eco-friendly alternatives like bamboo. Wait until it reaches maximum age if possible.
- Thinness: You can only refinish a wood floor so many times, as aforementioned. Then it gets too thin from repeated sanding. That's when you replace it.
Wood Floor Refinishing and Recoating Costs
Recoating hardwood floors simply includes adding an additional protective layer on top of the floor's existing finish. Refinishing, however, involves sanding the floor's current finish down to the original bare wood and then adding a protective layer. As with any home improvement project, the cost of refinishing hardwood floors varies based on location, floor material, floor condition and other factors.
The average cost to refinish hardwood floors is $970 to $1,250 per 300 square feet -- the average reported size of a kitchen in 2012. That cost can easily rise depending on the specific floors, their condition and extra enhancements. Any variations from standard or straightforward refinishing projects add to the overall cost. Some of these variations include:
- Refinishing versus recoating
- Total square footage
- Condition of floor
- Quality of finish or coating
- Number of finishes or coats required
- Carpet or other flooring removal
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