Why Is It Cheaper To Refinish Hardwood Floors?
It is cheaper to refinish hardwood floors than replace them due to:
- Lower labor costs
- Lower material costs
- Decreased time to complete the project
Hardwood floor replacement generally requires that the old floor is ripped out, hauled out of the room, and disposed of. Removing the slabs of hardwood can be a tedious process because it is important not to damage the subfloor underneath. Wood slabs are both glued and nailed down, so removing them can be difficult. Depending on the size of the room and how many people are working, this process could take anywhere from one to two days or longer.
New hardwood material can cost anywhere from $3 to $7 per square foot for the material. This does not include the cost of labor for installing the hardwood. According to HomeAdvisor, most contractors charge between $3 and $5 per square foot for installation. In total, you can expect between $6 and $12 per square foot for wood floor replacement.
In contrast, refinishing a hardwood floor costs around $3 to $6 per square foot for traditional refinishing methods. During the traditional refinishing method a flooring contractor will move furniture, sand the existing floor, recoat it, and clean up any debris. Dustless refinishing tends to be a little more expensive at $5 to $8 a square foot. During a dustless refinish the contractor will do all of the above and use advanced commercial vacuums to keep the dust away from the rest of your home. Dustless refinishing tends to be more popular due to the overall cleanliness of the project.