Why Refinishing A New Or Old Hardwood Floor Yourself Is A Bad Idea

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Many people believe that refinishing their hardwood floors is a simple task. After all, what could go wrong? To be honest, there’s plenty that could go sideways! Sure there are possibilities of saving money by doing the job yourself. However, the chances of safety and financial risks are much higher.

To give you a clear idea of what could go wrong, Al Havner & Sons Hardwood Flooring has put together three reasons explaining why refinishing a new or old hardwood floor yourself is a bad idea.

1. Spontaneous combustion
Spontaneous combustion is by far the biggest issue homeowners have to deal with when refinishing their hardwood floors. Used stain rags left in or outside the house could spontaneously combust. At the same time, vacuum cleaners full of dust (from sanding the floors) can also spontaneously combust if adequate care isn’t taken.

2. High costs
We have seen many DIY floor projects cost homeowners more than it would have cost to hire a professional. That’s because many people don’t realize that machine rental and materials will kill their budget. Similarly, in our thirty-five years of experience, we have never seen a DIY job look even close to a professional’s work.

3. Subpar equipment
Another problem that people will face during a DIY floor project is the poor-quality of rental equipment. These tools are usually worn out, lightweight, and underpowered, which makes for a lousy finished product. After a DIY’er digs trenches and leaves swirl marks on the floor, it makes the job of fixing the floor much harder. As a result, it’s best to leave the task of refinishing hardwood floors to the professionals.

Do things right - Hire a professional
Our suggestion to all DIY’er is not to bother trying to refinish their hardwood floors themselves. Also, avoid enlisting general carpenters to do the job. We’ve seen some of the best carpenters mess up a good floor, even after giving them explicit instructions. Instead, hire a hardwood flooring contractor. These specialists have several years of training to do their work correctly. As a result, hiring a professional is the only way to get one’s floors looking great.

Before considering going to a carpet store or a big box store to find out about hardwood floor finishing, note that the store is going to provide an expensive quote. However, in reality, they will provide their clients with an inexperienced crew that works for low wages. If the company claims they do carpet, tile, hardwood, and linoleum, move on and find a company that does just hardwood floors period. This will ensure that safe and high-quality services are provided.

With regards to floor finishing prices, a simple floor refinishing could cost as low as $3.50 per sq ft. On the other hand, an oak floor installation, sanding, and finishing averages to around $10.00 per sq. ft.

For assured service quality and the best hardwood floor refinishing prices, reach out to Al Havner And Sons Hardwood Flooring. We are a hardwood floor installation and refinishing company based in Royal Oak, serving across the Detroit Metro Area, Michigan. We run a family-based business, which helps us maintain our service quality throughout the years. At the same time, it helps us keep our prices low and budget-friendly.

To learn more about our hardwood flooring and refinishing services, please visit our website or get in touch with us by clicking here