When it comes to recycling, there's no better example in a home than refinishing a hardwood floor. The enduring quality of the material makes it possible to restore the surface to its natural good looks for years of continued service. Even after years of use, abuse and neglect, a solid hardwood floor can be refinished with amazing results.
A floor refinisher will charge $805 to sand and refinish a 15-by-20-foot room, or 300 square feet, which includes labor and material. You can do the job for $225 and save 72 percent. Your cost includes renting a floor sander and edger, sandpaper, polyurethane finish, and a paint roller and brush to apply it.
However, don't be lured by the savings; our best advice is to hire a professional. What you save trying to do it yourself could easily be outweighed by the damage you cause. A pro knows how to operate the equipment without gouging the floorboards and keeps that equipment well maintained. A first-timer might lose control and cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage.
There's enough preliminary work needed to keep a do-it-yourselfer engaged in the job. You have to completely empty the room, and remov all furniture, window coverings, wall decorations and carpeting. A pro will seal off the room with plastic sheeting taped to the doorway, but you'll still find dust and grit throughout the house. If anyone has difficult breathing, keep them away until the dust settles and is vacuumed away and the new finish is applied and completely dry.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$805 -- $225 -- 14.8 -- 22.5 -- $580 -- 72 Percent
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Refinished hardwood floors. (American Hardwood / February 28, 2014)