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Debunking Common Assumptions About Wood Floor Refinishing

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Wood floor refinishing is a process that involves removing the existing finish from a hardwood floor and applying a new finish to give the floor a renewed appearance and extend its life span. However, several misconceptions about this process can lead to poor decisions and unsatisfactory results. For a homeowner that believes these misconceptions, it can be tough to effectively weigh whether refinishing the floors is a project they should consider. 

Assumption: You Can Refinish Your Floors Without Professional Assistance

While it may be tempting to try refinishing your hardwood floors on your own, doing so without professional assistance can lead to unsatisfactory results and can even damage your floors. Professionals have the expertise and equipment to ensure the refinishing process is done correctly and safely. DIY floor refinishing may result in uneven sanding, improper application of finishes, or damage to the wood itself. These issues could require costly repairs to correct.

Assumption: All Finishes Work For Every Type Of Wood Flooring

Not all finishes are suitable for every type of wood flooring. The type of finish you choose should depend on the specific needs and type of hardwood floors. For example, oil-based finishes may be more suitable for harder woods, while water-based finishes may be better for softer woods. Researching and consulting with professionals is essential to determine the most appropriate finish for your hardwood floors.

Assumption: You Do Not Have To Worry About Ventilation When Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Proper ventilation is crucial during the hardwood floor refinishing process due to the presence of volatile organic compounds in many finishes and stains. These compounds can cause respiratory issues and other health problems if inhaled in large amounts. Safe and healthy refinishing requires proper ventilation. Additionally, you should wear protective gear to minimize exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals throughout the entire refinishing process.

Assumption: High Gloss Finishes Are Always The Best Choice For A Sleek Look

While high gloss finishes can create a stunning appearance for your hardwood floors, they may not always be the best choice. The type of finish you choose should depend on personal preference and the traffic your floors receive. High-gloss finishes tend to show scratches and scuffs more easily than semi-gloss or satin finishes. As a result, they may be less suitable for high-traffic areas or homes with pets and children. Additionally, satin and semi-gloss finishes can still provide a beautiful, sleek appearance while offering better durability and easier cleaning. Reviewing samples of these finishes may help you better understand the option that will look the best in your house.

Contact a local wood flooring service, such as Classic Wood Floors & Carpentry LLC, to learn more.