Owner of All Hardwood Floors LLC
The story is almost always the same. “I just bought this house and we pulled up the old carpeting and realized we have hardwood floors. They are in bad shape can you come out and see what can be done?” Of course there are hundreds of other reasons a customer calls us inquiring about hardwood floors. Sometimes it’s for new installation or a repair or they have enjoyed their hardwood floors for 25 years and now that the kids are out of the house and since there is much less traffic, it’s time to get them renewed.
Regardless of the need for hardwood floor care, pretty much anything can be done. You may only require a light sanding called a screening which will save you a lot of money as opposed to having them refinished.
The important thing here is that you find an honest contractor that is experienced, carries insurance and is licensed by the state. Be aware that there are many one man operations out there with a truck and a machine and may quote you a low ball price. All I can say is that you get what you pay for.
The decision to have new floors installed, be it hardwood or laminate, or to have your floors refinished is a big one. Take your time and ask a lot of questions. A professional will take the time to answer all your questions and address all of your concerns.
Also, do not be fooled by those who claim to be dust-free and therefore may cost you more money. The fact of the matter is that 99% of the sanding machines sold in the last 15 years are dust-free. This is not a novelty. If someone is using a non-dustless system then he is way behind the times. And yes, there still will be dust. It cannot be helped although it has been a 95% reduction from the old sanding machines.
So whatever your need or desire to change up the look and feel of your home, regardless if you are just moving in or have been there all of your life, hardwood comes in so many colors and styles you cannot go wrong consulting a professional.