Refinishing engineered floors

jwalker678July 15, 2012

The new condo I will be moving into has engineered wood floors that are 7 years old and in good shape but wondering if it would make sense to refinish since it will be empty for a couple of weeks before moving. Total area is 1500 sf. Ideally I would like to change the color i.e darker but I am guessing that to do so would not make sense economically. If I am just looking for a like-new result what is the process and any idea of cost and time?

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gregmills_gw

The cheapest option would be a buff and coat. Wouldnt change color but would refresh the floor. Its where the abrase the top layer of finish and lay down a fresh coat of your choice of poly.

Next would be to sand. Since its eng. you would want a pro. Its real easy to sand thru the top layer of wood. Thus wrecking the floor.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 7:40PM
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glennsfc

Recoats to engineered flooring can be problematic. Make sure you test for adhesion before investing time and materials. Contrary to popular belief, not all engineered hardwood can be successfully recoated.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:04PM
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glennsfc

Recoats to engineered flooring can be problematic. Make sure you test for adhesion before investing time and materials. Contrary to popular belief, not all engineered hardwood can be successfully recoated.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:24PM
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jwalker678

Any idea what I should expect to pay for a buff and coat. 1500 sf, Chicago.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 1:58AM
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gregmills_gw

Probably around $1.00 per sq.

If you put an ad on craigslist you may find some crappy people claiming they can do it for less but thats a risk. Anything above 1.50 and keep trying.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 4:51PM
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