Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors? Decide Ahead Of Time If You Want To Stay Or Go

After researching and hiring the best contractor for refinishing your hardwood floors, your biggest job will be deciding if you want to leave while the job’s being completed, or if you want to stay while your home is a work zone.
 
If your wood floor refinishing or installation job is extensive and you want it done in one job, it might be best to stay elsewhere until the project’s done.
 
Reasons to leave include:

• Furniture will have to be moved from room to room or out of the house entirely.

• There will be lots of fine dust, no matter how well an area is sealed off.

• Odors from stain and polyurethane can remain in the air for several days.

• And even though most floors can be used within 24 hours of sealing, it takes weeks for the treatment to cure fully.
 
Keep in mind that a flooring job can take three to five days, but the specific length depends on several factors:

• How much flooring is involved.

• How quickly the contractor can move from room to room.

• The extent of any damage and wear to the old floor.

• Your specifications, combined with the contractor’s requirements.
 
If you choose to stay in your home, here are some of the things you can expect:

• The job begins after the room is fully cleared.

• The contractor will sand the old finish off the floors, repair any damaged areas and ensure all wood dust is cleared from the floors.

• The equipment used in refinishing floors is noisy.

• Stain is often applied in two coats, and can create a strong odor.

• When stain is fully dry, three or more layers of polyurethane coating are applied, and that, too, can involve a strong odor.

• Your living space will be reduced to an untreated area or to one of the treated rooms, but only 24 hours after the polyurethane is applied.

• You’ll have to be strategic about moving from room to room until the job is over.