To Sand or not to Sand?
Many homeowners wonder if hardwood floor sanding is the best solution to get their floors looking bright, clean and new again. They may question if replacing scratched floorboards is a better alternative. The truth is that hardwood floor restoration is indeed a far better option than replacing individual boards in the floor. There are several reasons for this.
Paradoxically, labour costs tend to be higher per hour for small jobs than for large jobs. A workman may be able to replace a dozen floorboards in the course of a day, but if you only want two replaced, he is most unlikely to charge you a small fraction of his daily rate. This is because he has no guarantee that he will be able to line up a job in your area for the balance of the time, and he does need to earn a living wage.
Also, if you live quite a distance away from major metropolitan areas you may need to pay a trip fee to compensate him for his travel time. All told, it may be less expensive to have your whole floor sanded than to have several boards replaced.
Having the entire floor sanded is superior in terms of results. It gives the entire floor a fresh start on life, and all boards will be the same colour when polishes and finishes are applied. Replacing a few boards brings up the issue of matching grain, texture and wood hue. If matches are not perfect, your floor will look somewhat odd. This is not a problem with sanding.