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Even if you take great care of your hardwood floors, cleaning and polishing them regularly, years of wear and tear take their toll. Or, perhaps you’ve moved recently into an older home with hardwood floors that need more than just dusting and polishing. Either way - it’s time to refinish or restore your floors.
Flooring restoration is a lengthy and laborious process involving sanding, patching, staining and top coating. Even if you’re an accomplished DIY-er, this is not your average weekend project and is best left to the professionals. Ways to mess up your floors lurk at every step of the project.
Common Mistakes Include Uneven Sanding
A drum sander, the most common tool used for this part of refinishing floors, can be rented from most hardware stores. This large piece of equipment weighs a ton and creates a lot of noise and dust. For someone with no experience, wrangling this machine is extremely difficult and can result in scraping away too many layers of wood in spots, leaving sander-shaped impressions across your hardwood floor. They also don’t do a great job in corners and other hard to reach areas. Odd angles and uneven sanding can lead to gouges in your floor. Footprints Floors contractors are highly skilled and have more powerful, higher-quality equipment to sand floors beautifully and evenly.
Common Mistakes Include Dust
That never-ending nemesis, dust. Sanding floors creates a lot of dust particles that have to be meticulously cleaned before proceeding to next steps. If you fail to remove all those little dust specks before staining and finishing your floors, those teeny tiny bits of wood or lacquer will get trapped under the finish, ruining the smooth look you’re after. Footprints Floors contractors have the eye for detail and dedication you need to make sure your floors are dust free before anything else is applied.
Common Mistakes Include Bad Application of Stain and/or Finish
Footprints Floors has access to a wider range of products for stains and finishes than you’ll find at your local hardware store. Not only more color and style options, but higher quality formulas that last longer, dry faster and frankly look better. In addition to using high quality products on your floors, Footprints Floors contractors are trained in the best techniques for applying stains and finishes. A common problem seen in DIY flooring restoration is peeling finish. Other rookie mistakes include applying too many layers of finish without letting it dry in between applications. Instead of the sleek, shiny floors of your dreams, poorly finished floors will quickly look dull, dirty and potentially damaged.
Benefits Of Restoring Hardwood Floors
Over time, hardwood floors can tarnish and show their age. Replacing hardwood floors can be expensive, and your antique floors can become worth a lot if you take care of them. In that case, refinishing may be a better alternative to replacing your hardwood altogether.
Even if you hire professionals like Footprints Floors, refinishing hardwood floors typically ends up costing quite a bit less than installing new hardwood.
Increased Home Value
Solid wood floors are greatly appealing to potential buyers, and taking care of your floors with antique floor refinishing in Richmond is a great way to preserve and add value to your home.
Damaged floors aren't just an eyesore, they can also bring some big safety concerns. Splinters in the feet, for example, aren't comfortable and could get infected. Antique floors can also be uneven, which may lead to tripping or falls.
Ward Off Pests
Did you know the craters, small holes and crevices that can appear in hardwood floors are a bug's best friend? Termites, ants and decay can wreak havoc on your floors, but regularly refinishing them can seal off bugs and other issues.
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From Footprints Floors
Footprints Floors restoration contractors are true experts who will get your flooring restoration done, and get it done quickly. If your floors have surface level damage you want to take care of, or you want a new look on your hardwood floors, Footprints Floors can take care of that. If your floors are more heavily damaged from years of wear and tear, or even antique wood floors - Footprints Floors contractors can take care of that too, restoring your floors to their former glory whether it was 10 or 100 years ago.
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There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on new floors when you can refinish and/or restore the beautiful flooring you already have. In particularly severe cases, a complete reinstallation may be necessary - but you can trust Footprints Floors to never sell you on a reinstallation unless your floors are truly beyond repair.
Ready to fall in love with your floors again? Footprints Floors is the leading Richmond flooring restoration contractor near you and your trusted local expert in installation, repairs, floor refinishing, and floor restoration. Our hand-selected expert team has years of experience with various kinds of flooring, and we offer top-quality results. Our team is efficient and effective. We believe in service that will fit into your schedule, and we will be in and out in no time, leaving you with beautiful renewed floors each time we visit.
Contact us today for a free estimate on your project.