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Hardwood floors can last a lifetime, but there will eventually be a need to refinish them. Refinishing wood floors is a great way to extend the life of your flooring. If your floors have water damage, scratches, sun damage, or stains, refinishing is a great option.  Refinishing is also a good choice if you are dissatisfied with the current color of your floors and want to refresh your home’s aesthetic. Call us at 631-606-6260 for more information.


Hardwood Refinishing FAQs


How long does it take to sand and finish my hardwood floors?

The sanding/finishing process usually takes 3-5 days, depending on the size and condition of the floors.


Will we need to move out of the house while our floors are being sanded and refinished?

Typically, yes. If however, you have a separate, isolated area of your house with its own entrance, you may be able to stay in that area. The advent of low-VOC products and proper dust containment make it possible to stay in select cases.


Do you use water-based or oil-based finish?

Both options have pros/cons. However, the technology in the hi-traffic, water-based finishes we use most often make them popular and the right choice for many homes. 


How long after sanding and finishing can we move our stuff back in and walk on the floors?

The average floor takes 10-14 days to fully cure. Most manufacturers recommend not moving furniture in for at least 10-14 days. You can walk on the floors in socks within hours of the floor being finished if a high-traffic water-based finish is used. If an oil-based finish is used you have to wait at least 24 hours prior to walking on them. We always recommend that you not walk in shoes for at least the first 10-14 days.


How should we go about choosing the right stain color? 

We recommend looking at various stain charts that we can provide to get a rough idea of the type and color of stain you like. Then once you have narrowed down your options, we can put stain samples on your floor so you can factor in your home’s light and your floor’s unique characteristics.


Will there be a lot of dust for me to clean up when you are done?

When we sand and finish we contain all areas that we are working in and in many cases, we run HEPA air scrubber filters for the duration of the job. After the job is finished, we clean up using HEPA vacuums and by wiping down all surfaces. Nothing is 100% dust free but we do our best to leave your home clean and tidy.



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