HOW LONG WILL MY FLOORS LAST BEFORE THEY NEED TO BE REFINISHED?
The answer here will totally shock most of you...if you follow the simple cleaning instructions above, and have your floors re-coated every 1-3 years, you may NEVER need to refinish your floors.
Now, if you would like to change the color of your floors, you will have to have them sanded, but assuming you like the color they are now, we can help you keep them looking great indefinitely.
If you never have the floors re-coated, they should last 2-20 years, depending on traffic. I know this is a wide range, but traffic really does vary a ton from house to house. If you live in a house where every square inch of the wood is covered with soft-backed areas rugs, you have no kids/pets and you never wear shoes in the home, theoretically these floors will last forever. In my house - 5 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat and Dad is The Flooring Guy, so he can fix them, which means I can ride my bike and roller blades through the house at will - every 12 months they need to re-coated.
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THIS RE-COAT THING IS...I'M CLUELESS
May I start by saying it is virtually painless, if you hire the right company to do it. In almost every home we work in, this procedure takes less than a day. We take care of all the furniture. You are back on the floors 2-3 hours after we are done. No sanding, no mess. If done at the right intervals, they will look like they did the last time they were refinished.Basically, what we are doing is scuffing the finish and applying a new top coat of water-based polyurethane. This will address most, if not all of the scratches in the existing finish (provided you haven't dropped an anvil on the floor, and you are having this service done at regular intervals).
And the best part is that this service typically costs about a third of what a full refinish costs. In most US markets, this service costs $1.25 to $1.75 a square foot. So, for less money than what the average household spends on carpet cleaning each year, you can keep your hardwood floors looking great by having them CLEANED, SCREENED AND RE-COATED every 1-3 years by a local hardwood flooring professional. In and around Denver and Houston, your choice is simple: Proworks Flooring!