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The Pros and Cons of Dustless Refinishing for Your Denver Hardwood Floors


June 29, 2016

Quality hardwood floors increase the value of your home, so keeping them in good repair is a wise protection and preservation of your investment. If your floors have been damaged, discolored, stained, or have just experienced a good amount of wear-and-tear over the years, you should get them refinished. A Denver hardwood refinishing company can help restore your floors with professional care through sanding and refinishing. It’s a multi-step, intensive process that adds decades of life and beauty to your hardwood floors.

PROS

Time and Clean-Up
The first step in refinishing floors is sanding them down, to the point where they look like raw, natural hardwood again. This part creates a lot of dust and airborne particles, which can be problematic for those with dust allergies or asthma. Dustless refinishing is a newer technology that uses a specialized machine with an attached vacuum suction tube that leads outside the home, into a dust containment system. It’s not possible to entirely remove all of the dust, but up to 99% can be taken care of.

It can also take several days to fully sand down through the layers of polish and stain with a traditional sander, while cleaning up the residue can take a few days more, even if plastic sheeting is laid down. Dustless refinishing only takes about one day to complete, with minimal clean-up.

Cost

Dustless refinishing is less expensive than traditional refinishing, due to the lower amount of tools needed to complete the traditional process. Floor sanders, polishers, strippers, installation tools, and surface prep tools are all requirements for the job. With the dustless process, a technician gently scuffs the flooring with the specialized sander and then applies an etching chemical to the surface. After this, a new topcoat of polyurethane polish is applied to reseal the hardwood.

Losing a Layer

Any hardwood floor repair will remove a thin layer of the wood. For a refinishing process, dustless is less invasive than full-blown traditional refinishes. You will lose a layer, but the increase in overall lifespan for your hardwoods is worth it.

CONS

Not Dust-Free
Although dustless refinishing does remove much of the sanding dust, there will still be some remnants to clean up around the house. No current method is able to keep your home entirely free from dust, although dustless refinishing comes the closest.

Not Best for Every Flooring

This method works best for floors with minimal amounts of damage. If your floors have taken a serious beating, dustless refinishing won’t get deep enough to repair extensive damage, and the conventional refinishing process may be necessary.

To decide if dustless refinishing is right for your Denver hardwood flooring needs, contact the experts at TGB Flooring. With over 25 years in the business, we have the experience and professionalism to assist you in restoring the original beauty of your floors. Call today for a free estimate to see which method will work best for you at 303-738-9910.