Hardwood floors have been a popular flooring choice for centuries. It elevates the look of the space and offers a classic look that never goes out of style. In addition, high-quality wood floors increase the value of your home. At the time of resale, it brings higher selling price and enables a faster sale.

As beautiful and tough this flooring material is, most wood floors start showing signs of wear and tear after a decade or so. Luckily, you can freshen up and restore your floor back to its original splendor.

Here are 3 things you need to know before refinishing a wood floor.

Go pro

If you’re short on cash, you might be tempted to go the DIY route. But we’d like to remind you that refinishing your floor can be an intimidating process. This task also requires the use of special equipment. Even if you rent a machine, you don’t have the skills to operate the equipment, let alone refinish your floor. Don’t be lured by the savings. We strongly advise that you hire a professional to take on the job.

Wood flooring is a big investment. You wouldn’t want to ruin your precious floor just because you wanted to save money. Old floors can become too thin when sanded badly. They can’t handle the mistake made by amateurs.

It takes time

If you are considering refinishing your wood floor, it is important to remember that this task cannot be completed overnight. In most cases, it takes at least 3 days to a week. Because of the dust and harsh chemicals in the air, it would be best if you stay with a relative or a motel while your floors are being refinished. Also, the room needs to be free from furniture. That means you will need to remove all your belongings from rooms that will be refinished.


The cost to refinish wood floor depends on a number of factors – the condition of the floor, how large the area you’re planning to refinish is, as well as where you live. But on average, refinishing usually costs between $2 and $5 per square foot.