Re-coating vs Sanding and Polishing: What’s My Best Option?

If your timber floors look like they need a little bit of TLC, you might be wondering the best way to spruce them up and return them to their former glory. There are two main types of timber refinishing: Re-coating or polishing and sanding. But what’s the best refinishing option for your floor?

To be honest, there’s no simple answer to this question. It ultimately depends on just how damaged your floor is.

Here is a breakdown of the differences between re-coating and polishing and sanding — what they’re best suited for and the results you can expect.

What is Re-coating for Timber Floors?

Re-coating a timber floor involves refreshing the top layer of polyurethane/oil, removing scratches and minor scuffs.

When is Re-coating my Timber Floor the right decision?

If your timber floor only has minor surface damage and the damage hasn’t travelled deep into the wooden planks, re-coating can help restore their original beauty.

If your timber’s finish looks faded or worn, this might be just the fix you need. Because it abrades only the top coat of polish ready to be recoated.

Pros and Cons of Re-coating Timber Floors

  1. A well-maintained re-coating routine, combined with a coat of high-quality polyurethane, can extend the lifespan of your timber floors by many years.
  2. It doesn’t have as much dust as sanding back to bare timber
  3. A re-coat job can typically be completed in just one day + drying time
  4. Re-coating is super-affordable, costing up to 50 percent less than a full sand-and-finish project.
  5. Semi-regular re-coating from a professional will keep your floor’s topcoat in immaculate condition and eliminate the need for a more intensive sanding restoration project in future.

What is Sanding and Polishing for Timber Floors?

Sanding removes the top layer of wood to expose the fresh wood underneath, completely erasing the layers of stain and polyurethane sealer beneath. Its a process that strips everything from the floor, this is the best method to completely remove scuffs, scrapes, dents and deep wear-and-tear.

When is Sanding and Polishing my Timber Floor the right decision?

The best candidates for sanding are timber floors that have sustained significant damage.

If your timber floor is located in a high-traffic area, it’s likely endured quite a few bumps, nicks, scuffs and scratches over the years. If the damage is dire, sanding and polishing will be your best bet.

Pros and Cons of Sanding and Polishing Timber Floors

  1. Sanding and Polishing timber floors is hands-down the best way to remove significant wear-and-tear.
  2. Sanding, staining and refinishing timber floors takes 3 – 5 days to complete. The floor will also take a week to cure.
  3. After sanding, the timber planks will need to be re-stained and resealed.
  4. Timber floors can only be sanded a limited number of times. Eventually, the planks will become so thin that you need to replace them entirely.

Timber floors can add spectacular beauty and value to your home, but only if they’re well-kept. Interested in re-coating, sanding or polishing your timber floor to keep it looking beautiful? Brisbanes Finest Floors can help. Get in touch with us today on 0411 220 488.

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