Hardwood floors: recoating versus sanding
When a wooden floor begins to show its age, it will need maintenance and repairs beyond the usual advice to keep the floor well-swept or vacuumed. At that time, homeowners who look at the scratches and other marks on the floor may well wonder if the accumulated damage over time calls for recoating or for hardwood floor sanding.
What is recoating?
“Recoating” refers to a procedure in which a floor services company lightly grinds off the finish on the floor so that a fresh coat of finish can be applied. Another recoating method involves the use of a chemical solution that allows a new finish coat to be laid down without the previous one being removed. Recoating is generally more appropriate in cases where the finish is only damaged in spots or patches. If the floor has been seriously damaged and there are patches where none of the original finish material remains, a recoating solution will generally not be adequate to get a good result.
In some cases, in fact, a recoating will only make problems more noticeable. This is because recoating does nothing to repair scratches that may extend down to the actual wood surface itself.
What is hardwood floor sanding?
A complete floor sanding is appropriate if the floor currently has bare patches that lack any finish. It is also appropriate in cases where the scratches and damage are extensive – meaning that scratches are deep and may reach the wood itself. The only true solution in this case is to sand the floor’s surface down to reach a layer of new, fresh wood.