Old floors can be restored, but you first have to decide if you need to refinish or resurface. Floor resurfacing means removing all the existing coatings of stain on the wood floors. If you need to do some repair work, and you are interested in changing the stain to change the space, you should get quotes for hardwood floor refinishing.
If you just want to enhance the look of your current wood floors and bring the current stain back to life, hardwood floor refinishing is best. The new coating will make the floors look like new, and a rich and bold fresh coat of stain can help improve the look of the home.
Hardwood floors should be refinished every seven to 10 years. You can also fix minor scratches, blemishes, and flaws before refinishing. Here are some things to know when getting a quote.
Look at the Contract Details
It should be easy to compare quotes. In your quote you should have the following details provided for you:
- Start date and end date
- Material expenses
- Cost for services and labor
- Acceptable forms of payment
Ask the contractor about insurance concerns. The floor finishing company should have its own liability in case something goes awry while finishing your hardwood floors, or if someone on their staff gets hurt during the project.
Ask About Prep Work
The floors have to be prepared properly before the work can begin. There are other things that will need preparation as well. Ask the refinishing team if they will do the following, and if it's included in the quote:
- Floor cleaning
- Dust and debris removal
- Baseboard, wall, and cabinetry protection
The company should make sure stains can't get on other materials in the home, and they should clean up the mess when they are ready to leave.
The service provider refinishing the floors for you should have a warranty on services. This means that if there are any major flaws or concerns that are a result of the application process, and the work that was done by the outsourced professional, they will either compensate or repair the work. Ask about this type of warranty, how long the warranty is good for, and what will be included if the warranty needs to be utilized.
Getting more than one quote is the easiest way to be sure that you don't overpay for the work you need to be done. Interview at least two different refinishing service professionals and go from there to get the new enhanced floors you want.