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Should You Sand And Refinish Hardwood Floors Yourself?

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By : Aladdin Modjarrad    99 or more times read
Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. In many cases they even add to the value of your property. After several years of service though, most hardwood floors begin to look like they could do with a bit of help and the homeowners thoughts turn to having their hardwood floors sanded and refinished. At this point they turn to Google, or even that old standby the Yellow Pages to find someone to do the job for them. Then they see an advertisement for a place that rents sanders and another thought occurs; why not do it myself?

Sounds like a great idea, a way to save a little money. There are a number of very good reasons though why sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor is not a job for an amateur, however good they believe their DIY skills to be.

The biggest problem for the amateur is the actual sanding machinery itself. Flooring professionals refer to the kinds of sanders you can rent at the local home store as "toy sanders." This is because these machines are designed to run of a regular 110v household current, so that they can plug right into the wall. This is of course convenient but it means that the machine itself has very little power. This lack of power means that the sander tends to stall and skip as it moves over the floor, producing an uneven effect. a professional sander has between 3 and 7 HP worth of power so that it is tough enough to glide smoothly over the floor and remain steady the whole time.

These lightweight sanders leave what are called "chatter marks" on the floor. These are permanent stripes or waves that often do not become visible until the new finish has been applied, by which time it is too late to do anything about them without starting the whole process again.

The second problem is with the operator themselves. At most professional flooring companies new sanding and refinishing technicians have to go through months of training before they are allowed anywhere near a client's hardwood floor. So an afternoon spent watching YouTube videos does not qualify anyone as an expert in sanding and refinishing hardwood floors.

There is nothing wrong with saving money wherever you can but cutting corners when caring for your hardwood floors is never a good idea. Investing in a professional sanding and refinishing job will mean that your hardwood floors remain beautiful for years, adding to the value as well as the visual appeal of your whole home.
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