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If you’re tired of your floors looking like they belong in a museum (and not in a good way,) you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll be answering all of your burning questions about floor renovation.
Want to know if refinishing your floors adds value to your home? How much does floor renovation cost? Not sure whether you should restore or replace your floors?
We’ve got you covered!
And if you’re wondering whether you can tackle the job yourself, we’ll give you some pointers (because who doesn’t love a good DIY project?)
But don’t worry, we won’t bore you with a bunch of industry jargon. We’ll keep it light and fun, like a jazz band playing in the French Quarter. You might even learn a thing or two while you’re at it (who knew flooring could be so fascinating?)
So, without further ado, let’s start by answering your #1 question:
The short answer is yes, refinishing your floors can add value to your home.
When potential buyers are shopping for a home, they want to see a space that’s move-in ready and looks great. Refinishing your floors can help achieve that.
A well-maintained and updated home can also often command a higher price than a comparable home with dated or damaged flooring.
Of course, the value added by refinishing your floors will depend on the quality of the work, the materials used, and the current state of your floors. But as a general rule, refinishing your floors is a smart investment that can pay off in the long run.
When it comes to improving the look and function of your floors, you have two main options: Restore or replace. Both have their pros and cons, and the best option for you will depend on your specific situation.
Restoring your floors involves refinishing the existing surface. This can include sanding down the surface to remove any stains, scratches, or imperfections, and then applying a new stain or finish to create a fresh, updated look.
Restoring your floors is generally less expensive than replacing them, and can often be completed in a shorter amount of time.
On the other hand, replacing your floors involves completely removing the old flooring and installing new flooring in its place. This can be a more costly and time-consuming process, but it can also give you more flexibility in terms of design and material options.
Replacing your floors is a good option if your current flooring is severely damaged or outdated, or if you’re looking to change the layout of your space.
Ultimately, the decision to restore or replace your floors will depend on your budget, timeline, and goals for your space.
If your current floors are in relatively good condition and you’re happy with the overall look, restoring them may be the best option.
Restoring or refinishing your existing floors gives them a fresh look without breaking the bank. Plank-by-plank, a renovation of a wood floor works out to be at least 40% less expensive compared to installing a new floor.
Renovating your floors is often much quicker than replacing them altogether. This means you can enjoy your newly renovated floors sooner and get back to your daily routine faster.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, over 12.2 million tons of wood were deposited into US landfills in 2018. Repurposing your current floors can help reduce this number significantly.
Whether you want to restore your existing floor to its original beauty or give it a whole new look based on modern flooring trends, floor renovation gives you a lot of versatility in terms of design, style, and color.
The short answer: Yes.
The answer you should definitely spend time reading: Yes…and no.
Have you ever booked a hotel that looked great on the internet, but ended up looking like something out of a 1950’s horror movie in real life? Your DIY floor renovation project has the potential to turn into your worst nightmare.
However, if you’re set on completing the project yourself, here are some pointers:
Yes, it’s time-consuming. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, the lactic acid buildup in your arm will hurt like hell. But it’s worth it in the long run. Making sure your surface is clean, level, and free of any debris ensures that your finished product will look great, lay flat, and last longer.
If you’re staining wood flooring, it’s important to buy high-quality, premium-grade stain and finish to get the best results. Yes, it might be a little pricer than the budget-friendly option, but the end result will be well worth the investment.
Wood compresses during the winter and expands in summer, so look out for any gaps caused by a change in temperature. Trowel filling after sanding is the easiest way to repair deep gashes, dings, and gaps when refinishing your floors. However, if done during the wrong time of year, it’s not a long-lasting fix.
While we can’t give you a 100% accurate time estimate without knowing more about your space, here’s a general timeline to give you an idea of what to expect when working with a professional to renovate your floors:
This typically involves a consultation with a professional flooring contractor where they will evaluate the condition of your floors, discuss your goals and budget, and provide a quote for the work.
Depending on the size of the space and the extent of the renovation, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a day or two.
The final step is to apply the necessary stains, finishes, and coatings to your floors. This can include staining or sealing wood floors, or applying grout and sealant to tile or stone floors. Depending on the type of material and the level of finish desired, this can take anywhere from a few hours to several days.
The total cost of redoing your flooring will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of flooring material, the size of the space, and the level of work involved. It can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
If you want to get a more accurate quote, contact Lone Wolf Renovations get a free estimate now!