Is It Cheaper To Replace or Refinish Hardwood Floors?

Many homeowners wonder if it is cheaper to replace or refinish hardwood floors. In most cases, it is always cheaper to get hardwood floors refinished. Replacing hardwood floors usually requires more work, especially when it comes to physical labor and time. However, in some cases, it makes sense to simply replace the hardwood floor. How do you know if it is time to replace the hardwood floor in your home or refinish it? Let’s take a more in-depth look into each option.

What is Hardwood Floor Refinishing?

Very basically, refinishing hardwood floors will take away the first layers of the wood to reveal the untouched wood underneath. This wood can then be sealed and look like brand new hardwood floors. Removing the top, damaged layers of wood will leave the floor looking refreshed and new.

Refinishing hardwood floors is a great option for flooring that looks old and worn, but not terribly damaged.  The refinishing process can be long and tedious, especially if it is done by someone who has never done it before. It is highly recommended to hire a professional floor expert to refinish any hardwood floors.

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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.

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Refinishing Hardwood Floor Makes It Look Like New

Most people opt to refinish the hardwood floor rather than replace it. This is because refinishing hardwood removes the top few layers of wood that tend to be damaged, scratched, or dull. When these layers are removed the new, untouched hardwood is revealed. Rather than going through the hassle of removing and replacing the hardwood which may mean leaving the home for a few days, most homeowners prefer the idea of having their hardwood floors refinished in a day or two.

About Hardwoods Denver

Quality hardwood flooring services for less is what Hardwoods Denver strives for. We proudly offer professional refinishing and restorations for commercial and residential customers. We are a complete hardwood flooring service that supplies services such as installation, sanding, and finishing of hardwood and solid wood floors. Other services include refinishing, repairs, and laminate floor installations.

Our high-end products and services ensure a beautiful finish with longer-lasting results. The Owner of Hardwoods Denver, Reynaldo Cortez stands by his work. His team focuses on their commitment to quality and customer service, “Our Hardwood Floor Installers have decades of experience in laying gorgeous hardwood floors in homes throughout Colorado. Our job isn’t over until you’re happy with our work.”