Many people have beautiful hardwood hidden underneath their carpets, and even more, people have exposed hardwood that is dulled and unattractive. For those with existing hardwood, sanding and refinishing the floors is a great way to revitalize an old floor.
Hardwood can be sanded down to the raw wood (removing 1/32″ to 1/16″ of the top layer of your hardwood floor) and refinished with sealing coats of polyurethane. The sanding brings out the original beauty in the wood, while the polyurethane seals and protects the floor, providing a long-lasting finish.
Sanding and refinishing a floor is the best way to revitalize a floor, mainly because it is not very expensive, and the results turn out beyond expectations! Some people opt to stain their floors a darker color, such as mahogany. The staining process is done before the polyurethane and usually lasts until the floors are sanded again.
Unlike most flooring products, hardwood is durable and carries a long life. However, sanding the floors is not an infinite process, and it is possible to “run out” of sandings. This is normally evident when you can see the installer’s nails appearing between the boards of the floor. This is a good sign your floors cannot be sanded again.