While remodeling your home, you may have come to the point in the process where you have to decide about what to do with the hardwood floors. Since you do not want to cover them up, you may have decided to refinish them, and you have decided that you would like to do the job yourself.
However, you may want to think twice about attempting to refinish hardwood floors yourself, as there is a lot more to the process than you may realize. There are a couple of reasons that you should, instead, seriously consider having a professional service refinish the floors for you.
1. Professionals Have the Right Equipment to Create a Smooth, Even Finish
One reason why refinishing your hardwood floors yourself is not a good idea is that you do not have access to the right equipment, such as an industrial grade floor sander. As part of the refinishing process, for example, you will have to sand the surfaces of the floors. And, while you could do this job manually or with a rented sander, either method may leave uneven surfaces.
However, a contractor who has experience with sanding and refinishing wood floors will have access to higher-grade equipment that sands more evenly. This helps to ensure that the floors are smooth and even before the application of the wood stain.
2. Professionals Have the Experience Required to Do the Job Without Damaging the Floors
Along with specialized equipment, another reason why you should leave refinishing the floors to a professional is that they have the skills and experience required to do the job without damaging the floors. Even if you are careful, you may inadvertently gouge or crack the wood, leaving a mark on the floor that is not easily fixed.
However, someone who refinishes floors for a living will know how much pressure to apply when sanding and how to repair small cracks before they get too big.
While you may think that you can easily finish the floors in your home yourself, you most likely do not have the skill, experience, and equipment that professionals have to create a beautiful finish without damaging the floor. They also have methods to make the more difficult parts of the process, such as sanding the entire surface, go faster and easier. Instead of attempting this daunting task yourself, contact a hardwood floor refinishing contractor to make an appointment to discuss your options.