When it comes to refinishing your hardwood floors, there are two options. #1) The real deal refinishing: sanding off not just the stain and old polyurethane or wax, but doing multiple sandings over the course of several days. This completely transforms a hardwood floor. It removes deep scratches, you can change the color, the finish, and so on. It is a true blank slate, and the solution to many hardwood flooring issues.
#2) Screen and Re-coat
We bet you don't even know what a screen and re-coat is, but that's what we're here for, right? A screen and re-coat is a one-day process that doesn't give you a blank slate like a full sand and refinish, but it DOES give your hardwood floors a fantastic refresh. Think of it like Botox for your floors, when you don't want to go under the knife. Also, we apparently watched way too much Dr. 90210 a long time ago, before we had kids.
A screen and re-coat involves gently abrading only the top layer of the finish that sits on top of the wood. This removes light to medium scratches that occur on the surface of the floor. This step allows us to then add a new layer of finish to the hardwood floor. The process is dustless (as is our full sand and refinish, by the way), and takes ONE DAY to complete.
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A screen and re-coat is a great option for pet owners who have hardwood floors. Dogs and cats rarely leave deep gouges, but their cute little nails can create quite a few scratches on hardwood. These scratches dull the floor, leaving behind an etching of all their favorite paths through the house. A screen and re-coat removes the scratches from the hardwood floor without going through the more time-consuming and expensive process of sanding and refinishing.
While this process does not allow you to change the color of your floor, it does allow you to change the sheen. Glossy floors were once trending, for instance, but in the last few years matte hardwood floors have become more popular. Probably because they show far fewer scratches than their glossy counterparts and fit within the Scandanavian aesthetic that took the world by storm. Then there's the satin finish that takes the nice moderate position between the two extremes. There's no one right answer when it comes to your hardwood floor finish: it's all about the maintenance level and look you want. We're just here to answer questions and do the heavy lifting.
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As if you needed another reason to consider a screen and re-coat, it also extends the life of your hardwood floors, allowing you to enjoy the look of your floor for a longer period of time between needing to fully sand and refinish. We call that a win-win-win. When you spend a lot of time social distancing in your house (thanks, COVID-19!), it helps to make it feel more like a home. It helps even more when it's an affordable, one-day process, amiright?
If you live in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Brentwood, or the surrounding areas, please contact us if you have any questions about your hardwood floors. We can answer most questions over the phone or by email, and can also perform many consultations in the same way or virtually. We're always happy to help in any way we can. Stay strong, Nashville!