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Pros And Cons Of Refinishing A Hardwood Floor Yourself

Is your hardwood floor looking a bit worn down? Refinishing the floor is a lot cheaper and easier than replacing it, and many homeowners can even handle this project on their own. However, there are both pros and cons to refinishing your own hardwood in lieu of hiring a professional. Here's a look.

Pro: You'll save money.

You can expect to pay a contractor anywhere from $585 to $3,650 to refinish a hardwood floor, depending on the size of the floor and the type of finish you choose. Refinishing the floor yourself will be much cheaper. You'll probably want to rent a sanding tool so you don't have to scrub away all the old finish by hand, but that only costs $100 or so, at most. Other than that, you just need the new finish, which is sold by the gallon, some cloths and sponges, and a good pair of rubber gloves.

Con: Refinishing a floor takes time.

You'd better set aside your entire weekend. Especially when you are not experienced with refinishing floors, it's a time-consuming project. Sanding down the floor to remove the old finish will take about a day, and applying the finish will take another day if you include the drying time between coats of finish.

Pro: You'll have more scheduling flexibility.

Flooring contractors tend to be busy people. If you contact one now, they may not have an opening for a few weeks or even a few months, so you'll need to wait to get your floor done and then plan around their availability. If you refinish your own floor, you only have to work around your own schedule, and you might be able to get the project done sooner. If you work odd hours, this might be the more feasible choice.

Con: The results may not be as professional.

Most people can finish a hardwood floor to a passable level. It will look nice enough that you won't be embarrassed to show it to your friends or take photos of it. However, it probably won't be HGTV-worthy. If you want absolute perfection, you're better off hiring a hardwood refinishing company that has experience refinishing floors.

If your hardwood floor is looking a bit worse for wear, you could refinish it yourself, or you could call in a professional. Although professional service costs more and requires some patience, you're likely to get a better result and you won't have to sacrifice a weekend. 

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Choosing The Best Construction Crew and Contractor

If you're considering having any type of building constructed, I hope that you read my blog first. My name is Nathan McAllister and in this blog I will explain the responsibilities of a construction contractor. You'll find out what questions you need to ask contractors before hiring one for the job. Before I hired a construction crew and a contractor to build my house, I went through all of the essential steps to make sure I hired the right team for the job. Before interviewing several contractors, I did my research first to learn what I needed to know. Because I was well informed before making my decision, the construction crew and contractor I hired did an excellent job. I wanted to share my knowledge with other people so they would also know how to select the right people for the job.

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