Hardwood floor refinishing in Katonah NY

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Refinishing hardwood floors in Katonah NY - Everything you ever wanted to know about sanding your floors.

Refinish hardwood floors Katonah New York 10536Refinishing your hardwood floors can have a huge impact on your Katonah home. You will be amazed at how refreshed your home will look...and the floors will look good as new. Many don't realize that when you sand and refinish the floors, you have the option to change the color - you can go from dark to light or light to dark or anywhere in between.  


If you have hardwood flooring underneath your carpet, you are in luck. Usually, refinishing and restoring the hardwood will cost LESS than recarpeting. And, most homeowners prefer the look and feel of hardwood. Not only will it improve your home's value, but they are much easier to clean and maintain.

How does the hardwood refinishing process work?

oak hardwood flooring in Katonah New York 10536First, all the furniture and all items need to be moved off of the floor. Sometimes, our customers move the furniture; other times they prefer to have us move it. If there is carpet to remove, we take care of that as well. We put plastic around all of the areas that will not be sanded. We then sand the floors 3 times...each time with finer and finer grits so that the wood looks like raw hardwood again and the pores are open to accept the stain and polyurethane. We use edgers to help around the edge of the room.  

 

From there, we apply a stain (if you want to stain the floors) or if you are going natural, we add on a coat of polyurethane. After this has dried, we add on another coat of polyurethane, and after that has dried, we buff the floors and add on another coat of polyurethane. During that entire time, you can not walk on the floors nor have any furniture on the floor. For this reason, it's ideal to do this work either BEFORE you move in or while you are away (not to mention that it is messy and it smells). See below of for a link on how long the process takes as well as the different types of polyurethane (the different types have different drying times and it's important that you plan ahead).  

Katonah NY Refinish hardwood floors

 

The sanding machines have bags attached to capture most of the sawdust (similar to a lawn mower), and we vacuum in between each coat. It's important that while the refinishing process is going on and it's drying that no other work is happening elsewhere in the house. If so, dust created by other workers can easily settle in the stain and polyurethane.


If you have pet stains (or water stains) on your hardwood, we can help you fix that. Usually, the hardwood can be replaced and woven in, and after you refinish the hardwood floors, it will look good as new.

We offer dustless sanding and refinishing - Katonah NY

Many of our customers prefer the dustless refinishing as it's much cleaner and neater. It's especially good if you are already living in your home, and if one of your family members is sensitive to dust or has asthma. Dustless sanding does cost a bit more than the standard method, so we will often price out both options for our customers. 

Choosing a stain color for your hardwood floors in Katonah NY.

dark hardwood flooring ebony Katonah NY 10536We help our customers choose colors by providing guidance on colors that are in style and will go with your overall style and decor. We usually test 3 stain colors for our customers so that they feel comfortable with the decision. It's much better to test the stain on your own floors...the same stain color can look different in different homes, pending on the species of hardwood, the grade of wood as well as its age and based on the lighting in the home. Wood naturally has color variation, so some boards will come out lighter and some darker, so going off a single stain chip can be misleading...it's much better to see it on a larger section of your own floor.  

 

For more info on hardwood stain colors, check out these 2 blog posts. You can also visit minwax.com to see the full stain color range.

  You can also see the breadth of oak hardwood flooring colors and styles in this video.

Oak hardwood flooring and stain colors in Katonah NY

 

Frequently asked questions about Hardwood floor refinishing in Katonah NY 10536

 

We are a Shop at home flooring store in Katonah NY 10536.

We make things easy for you by "bringing the store to your door." We can refinish existing hardwood flooring as well as add new hardwood to additional rooms. We also offer carpet and tile, so not only can help you for all your types of flooring, but we can be objective and tell you the trade-offs and costs differences among many flooring options.  


Our estimates are always free, so feel free to give us a call at 914-937-2950 for a free in-home consultation. [

 

We are proud of our work, but don't rely on our word...ask our customers! We have won the Angie's list Super Service award 2 years in a row, and you can even check our google reviews online. And, we will gladly provide with a list of over 30 customers to call.

 

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Debbie Gartner, "The Flooring Girl" and owner of Floor Coverings International Westchester NY

 

Angie's List Super Service Award winners for 4 years in a row.

 

You can download our free flooring guide.  Or, visit our flooring selector - 2,000 options.  We install hardwood flooring, carpet and runners, tile floors and backsplashes.  We also refinish hardwood floors.

 

Call us for a free estimate 914-937-2950.

"We bring the store to your door."

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Debbie..... anyone who has hardwood under carpeting is blessed.... and dustless sanding is the ONLY way to go.....

October 19, 2012 03:20 AM #1
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the information. I will bookmark this and share it with my clients. I have learned a lot from this post.

October 19, 2012 03:20 AM #2
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

barbara - yes,you are so right.

gita - excellent. i am glad to hear that

October 19, 2012 04:02 AM #3
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Lenn Harley
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Over the years, when touring an older home with worn and stained carpet, the first thing we do is determine whether or not the underlying flooring is wood. 

If it is, that is a definite plus.  Buyers know that all they need do is do exactly what you describe.

October 19, 2012 04:04 AM #4
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Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
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We have found some beautiful wood floors under carpet over the years.  I attempted refinishing them once myself.  Only once.  :)

October 19, 2012 05:10 AM #5
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Ginny Gorman
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Of course Katonah NY homeowners will call the flooring girl...hardwood refinishing is her business!

October 19, 2012 05:31 AM #6
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Doug Dawes
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Debbie great post. At my house we should refinish the hardwood BUT the house is small and we'd have to get a POD to put all the furniture in.

Are there alternative products to poly that don't have the smell?

October 19, 2012 05:33 AM #7
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
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Debbie, I didn't know you could go from dark to light. Nice options for the homeowner and the dustless sanding is a nice feature.

October 19, 2012 05:35 AM #8
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
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WOW this is great deal of information on refinishing. I love the old wood and refinishing is what I would do if I don't like the stain.

October 19, 2012 05:56 AM #9
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Rob D. Shepherd
Coldwell Banker Coast - Florence, OR
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I had some hardwood floors redone a dozen years ago. I wasn't offered "dustless" sanding then. Is this a new thing?

October 19, 2012 06:09 AM #10
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Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

This is a lot of great info that I was not aware of, thanks for the post and the tips, looks great!

October 19, 2012 08:26 AM #11
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Sarah Oswald
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Thanks for the post. I have now gained a little more knowledge on hardwood refinishing. Glad to know that it costs less to refinish than to re carpet.

October 19, 2012 08:34 AM #12
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I do prefer wood floors regardless of shape over a dusty worn carpet any day for the week. .

Great post as always!

October 19, 2012 08:41 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

Lenn- Yes, it's such a find, and we are doing that w/ so many buyers moving into new homes.

Jamanda - It's a great find.  Yes, most peole that try it themselves never do it again.  Ever.

Ginny - Thx. Yes, we've done a lot in Katonah lately.

Doug - You can prob. do this in 2 phases to avoid a POD.  It's a pain since it takes quite as long.  The water based poly doesn't smell as much, but it doesn't last as long

October 19, 2012 09:12 AM #14
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
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I'm always impressed when I walk into a house with refurnished floors.  You can always spot them and they certainly sell.  

October 19, 2012 09:35 AM #15
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Joanna Cohlan
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Hi Debbie, just to let you know I blogged today about Mt. Airy and the work you are doing there.  Can't wait to see the results!

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