Transform Your Home with Hardwood Floor Refinishing

In just a few days Monk’s can take your floors from scratched and stained to smooth and shiny. See what our dustless hardwood floor refinishing system can do for the look of your home. You’ll wish you’d done it sooner!

Here are a couple of examples of oak floors that we refinished.

How Monk’s Repairs Your Hardwood Floors

Monk’s Home Improvements offers both screening and re-coating, as well as refinishing of hardwood floors. We can also repair or patch damaged areas as needed. And if you have carpet, we will remove and dispose of it for you.

Wood refinishing can typically remove:

  • Water damage
  • Pet stains
  • Scratches
  • Fading and sun damage

Some typical project timelines include:

For simple screening and re-coating, the process only takes one day.

For sanding and refinishing hardwood floors, the process usually takes between 3 and 4 days.

Look at these before and after photos to see what a difference floor refinishing can make!

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Our process to refinish hardwood floors is as follows

  1. Clear the room(s) where we’ll be refinishing the floors.
  2. Seal the entryways of the room with plastic sheeting and tape to minimize dust.
  3. Prep the floors. Hammer in any popped nails and fill any holes with wood putty.
  4. Sand the floors using both a drum sander with HEPA filter, and a hand-held edger or palm sander.
  5. Clean the dust. Sweep, vacuum, and then wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth or tack cloth.
  6. Stain the floors using high-quality stain. Multiple applications may be required if a dark color is desired.
  7. Seal the floors using a high-quality water based polyeurethane. Let dry completely and apply a second coat.

Cost to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Typically, the cost to refinish hardwood floors is based on a set cost per square foot. This will normally include all labor and materials for the project. Furniture moving will incurr an additional cost. Sometimes the floor refinishers will provide this service, sometimes they will not. If a large area is being refinished, you may need to store furniture in a Pod or somewhere else outside of the home. Cost to remove and dispose of wall-to-wall carpet is also an additional cost.

In our area, a standard range is $4 – $6 per sq. ft.

Refinishing hardwood stairs will cost more than finishing a hardwood floor. This is because each tread needs to be hand sanded, stained and sealed. The handrail, and possibly the spindles, are also refinished during this time.

If you are only sealing the hardwood (not staining), then your cost will be less. If you are staining your hardwoods a dark color requiring multiple coats of stain, your price per square foot will be higher.

When to Refinish Wood Floors

Floor refinishing can be done any time of the year. However, most refinishers prefer to have at least a couple of windows open during the process. This is so a fan can be placed in a window to blow air out, and another window open to allow fresh air to enter the room. This is done during the sanding process to help remove dust from the room. Even a dustless sanding system that uses HEPA filters still produces some dust.

Although we typically use water borne polyeurethane with low VOC, the sealing process still emits an odor. Having the windows open during the sealing step helps ventilate the house and remove these odors. Another thing to keep in mind is that polyeurethane will take longer to dry when the air is very humid, like during the summer.

The best time to refinish floors is before moving into a new home. Because the biggest hassle with refinishing floors is empyting a room of all its contents, having floor refinishing done when a house is empty is the best case scenario. Additionally, a new home owner can also get interior painting done at the same time. At Monk’s, we have provided both floor refinishing and interior painting for new homeowners so once their furniture arrives, they have a fresh, updated interior. You can see how we prepped a new home for these California transplants.  We also provided interior painting and floor refinishing for this entire Madison, NJ home prior to moving day.

Refinishing Floors With Inlays
Refinishing Floors With Inlays

Floor Refinishing Reviews from Monk’s Customers

We used Monks to refinish our wood floors, renovate our family room including built in window seats and split stone fireplace surround, and redo our master bath. We couldn’t be happier with the results. The floor was done while we were away. Gilberth led the flooring crew that did a beautiful job, very professional, and delivered as promised. The …

Susan and Vince Yaniro
Basking Ridge

Floor Refinishers Near You

Monk's provides flooring services in many towns in northern New Jersey.  Estimates are always free.

Call Monk's today at 973-635-7900 to schedule your free estimate. We'd love to talk to you about your flooring project.