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Are your wood floors looking a little lackluster? Wood is considered to be one of the most stylish and durable flooring choices, but even the most hardwearing of surfaces need some TLC now and then. Hiring a floor refinishing company is the best way to ensure this labor-intensive job is done to the highest possible standard, while saving you valuable time and energy.

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Refinish Wood Flooring Costs

The cost to refinish hardwood floors depends on factors including the surface area and the condition it’s in. Prices range from $500 to around $3,000* if your floors are badly scratched or damaged.


Cost Breakdown


Refinishing a hardwood floor usually involves sanding and then applying two to three coats of polyurethane. Oil-based solutions cost around $30 per gallon*, while water-based finishes cost up to $40 per gallon*.



 Like other flooring projects, the cost of refinishing hardwood stairs will depend on the surface area. Because stairs require more labor than floors, the price can add between $20 and $50* per step.


Replacing hardwood floors

It’s cheaper to refinish your floors rather than replace them, but if they are damaged beyond repair, you can expect to pay between $10 and $20* per square foot to replace them, depending on the size of the floor and type of wood you choose.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What are the benefits of floor refinishing?
It goes without saying that a newly refinished floor is going to look great since the process gets rid of all those unsightly dents, scuffs, and scratches. But hardwood floor refinishing can also add value to your home, especially if it’s been done by professionals. It can also reduce the risks of splinters and other injuries from severely damaged floors. 
 What’s the best type of floor stain to use?
You will need to use either water-based or oil-based polyurethane to protect your floors from future damage. Oil-based solutions have a slight hue and tend to darken over time, while water-based ones are clear. Water-based products are slightly more expensive but don’t come with the strong chemical odor of the oil-based variety, and dry more quickly between coats.
 Will I need to sand my floors before refinishing?
Sanding hardwood floors is often an essential step before refinishing if the surface is badly scratched or damaged. If the scuffs are only superficial and don’t go all the way through the coating to the wood, you might be able to apply a new coat of polyurethane over the existing finish. A hardwood floor refinishing professional will be able to advise on the best course of action to take.
How can I protect my floors in future?
Once your floors are refinished, you will need to allow a few days for them to dry completely. After seven days, you can start cleaning your floors to keep them looking as good as new. Sweep them daily to remove dust and mop them regularly using a hardwood floor cleaner, rather than soap and water.

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and other national home improvement websites

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