Sanding Old Wood Flooring vs Buying New One

May 27, 2017

If you’ve decided you need to do something to make your wooden floor look great again and you’re wondering whether it needs resanding or whether you should buy a new one, read on to find useful advice as well as a handful of tricks that may come in handy when considering the advantages and disadvantages of each of these options.

Sanding the floor

The process of resanding a wooden floor is in all cases rather disruptive and messy. The interior where the floor is supposed to be resanded needs to be cleared of all furnishings, rugs, curtains and so on. And if you’ve decided to do it on your own without employing a professional, you should hire a sander. However, if you’ve decided to engage a professional, the entire process of sanding the floor will most probably be a bit less troublesome than if you’ve went for DIY installation. All because professionals deal with fitting floors on a daily basis and have the knowledge, skills and experience which will allow them to make everything go smoothly.

Sanding is the process which consists in removing the top surface of the floor, by sanding it with abrasive materials, to show wood which has been protected below it. DIYers should pay attention not to remove too much of the top layer of the floor, because if you do that, you may cause damage and will need to get yourself a new floor. Take special care if you’re going to sand engineered wood flooring, as solid lamella, which is the top layer of engineered wood flooring, can only be resanded a limited number of times. For instance, in the case of a 5mm lamella, you will be able to do 4 or 5 sandings, which is an absolute maximum. And remember that if you’re not sure whether your floor will stand up to more sanding, you should always consult a reliable floor supplier or a DIY expert.

In general, sanding is a great, cost-effective idea of how to make your floor look like new again. You need to take into account the costs of employing professionals or, possibly, only the cost of hiring a sander plus all the sandpaper types you will need to do the job as well as the products that you will need for finishing the floor. Then, consider the amount of time you will need to spend as well as the hassle-factor, and of course do make sure your floor will stand up to being resanded again.

Buying new floor

The other option you’ve got is to get yourself new flooring. When considering it as a possibility, bear in mind that by getting a new floor, you will have a great opportunity to redesign the entire interior. And, after all, the costs aren’t always as high as you expect. Additionally, when buying a new floor, you will get a warranty, which makes it an even more appealing option.

All in all, you will know best which of the above solutions is best for you. We hope we’ve helped you get an overview of both options and make a well-thought-out decision. No matter which option you will choose, we hope you will enjoy a great final result for a really long time!


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