Lots of people ask if they can change the color of their hardwood flooring, and the answer is absolutely, yes you can. There are some basic criteria that need to be met, but if your floors meet those then you’re good to go. All Hardwood Floors can help you choose just the right color and then do the color change for you with stunning results.
You’ll need to have genuine hardwood flooring, because synthetics or thin-veneer laminates cannot be sanded, which is the first step in the process. But if you have real hardwoods and they are able to be sanded…something we can determine by just looking at them…color change is definitely doable.
What we’ll do is sand off the surface, which leaves the flooring unfinished, evenly smooth, and ready to accept the new stain so that it penetrates the wood and adheres nicely. Then it’s just a matter of you selecting the color you want, which we’ll apply and put a protective finish coat onto for you.
As far as color selection goes, the different colors we offer are virtually unlimited. But each particular type of wood accepts color slightly differently, and each natural wood has its own inherent color…which can affect the final look once a colored stain is applied. We can test out stains you choose on your floor to see and show you the results, before you commit to your color. Of course if you want to just remove the color of your existing floor and let it stay the natural, organic color of the wood, we can accomplish that by using a clear, transparent stain.
Keep in mind that this kind of project can yield dramatically beautiful results, but I would strongly recommend that you don’t attempt it as a DIY project. Sanding without top-notch equipment (which typically costs much more than the sanders a homeowner can afford to buy or rent) can wreak havoc. After all, it’s a potentially very aggressive process of grinding away the wood. Plus, even with the best equipment, it requires a very experienced operator. Otherwise you can instantly and permanently damage your floor beyond repair. Staining is also a very delicate process, and without an expert touch you can wind up with discoloration, streaking, and other unsightly coloring.
Then you have to start all over. That’s never a good idea, because repeated sanding of a hardwood floor will eventually grind it down so thin that it’s no longer functional. I hope this information helps. If you have a question, give me a call. Thanks.