Hardwood floors need to be maintained because they tend to have a lot of wear and tear. They are the most used and abused part of the house as family members and pets walk, run, stomp, and even scratch through the house on a daily basis. Your dog or cat’s nails can scratch the floors, children (and adults) may spill, and dirty shoes, just to name a few, will make floors look ragged over time. Even if you take impeccable care of your home, you may still want to have your hardwood floors recoated to give your floors a fresh look which will also help them last much longer.

There are a few different names for recoating floors which include ‘screening and recoating’ and ‘buff and coat.’ They all mean the same thing and follow the same procedures. The process involves utilizing a buffer and a mesh sanding screen and roughening the current hardwood floor so that a new coat of finish will automatically stick to to it.

In addition to bringing your hardwood floors back to life or changing the coating color, many homeowners opt to have their floors recoated if they want to change the sheen on their flooring. For example, if your floors are very shiny, you can hire a team of flooring experts to change the sheen to a semi-gloss or matte finish. Most recoating projects to change the sheen of your floors can usually be completed within one day.

When to Buff and Coat Your Floors

It’s very important to note that if your hardwood floors color has diminished to the point of turning gray in color, it’s past the point of being able to be recoated. If the finish has been worn down too much, it’s just too late to simply recoat your floors. At the first sign of seeing wear and tear on your floors is the time you are a perfect candidate for a buff and coat. Areas in your home that are high-traffic spots to be on the lookout for wear and tear include entryways, hallways, the kitchen, and under furniture that is moved around often.

Again, if your floors are too worn, your floors are NOT a good candidate for recoating. This can include deep grooves and scratches, pet stains, discoloration from the sun, and water damage. Recoating will simply make these eyesores more obvious. Floors that are badly damaged need more tender loving care than floors that have minimal wear and tear. Only minimally damaged floors are a good candidate for recoating.

Here at Nelson Flooring in Madison, Wisconsin, we will be honest and transparent with you about how we can treat your floors. We want every client to be happy and we pride ourselves on the referrals of each and every one of you! If you’re not happy with the quality of our work, we won’t be happy so we will let you know what exactly needs to be done to your hardwood floors to get them back in great shape.