As of 2015, some companies that restore hardwood floors include Dusty’s Hardwood Floors Service, which is in Tonganoxie, Kansas, and Slaughterbeck Floors, which is in Campbell, California. Cronin Hardwood Floors in Little Ferry, New Jersey is also an option, as are most local flooring companies.
Most floors last from 10 to 20 years before refinishing becomes a requirement, but there are many factors that may affect this, including how much traffic the floor sees and how much maintenance it receives over the years. Signs that a floor requires refinishing include deep scratches, wear marks and lack of shine.
The process of refinishing a floor generally starts by sealing off the area with plastic and then sanding the floor with a buffer and sandpaper disks. Most companies go over the floor a number of times to ensure the floor is smooth before staining the wood. When the stain is completely dry, the provider then applies several coats of finish. It can take a week or two to fully complete the project, as it takes the finish time to dry between coats.
The average cost of refinishing a floor ranges from $2 to $5 per square foot, but the cost may be higher or lower depending on the wood type, the amount of damage, stain color and finish quality.