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Can You Sand and Refinish Prefinished Hardwood Floors?

Can You Sand and Refinish Prefinished Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors have plenty of advantages. They’re more resistant to spills and stains, they make pet hair a breeze to sweep up, and they usually look great. Unfortunately, some people find the look of glossy, prefinished hardwood floors dated. If you have prefinished hardwood floors or you’re looking at a house that does, there might be a better option than having to rip the boards out and starting from scratch.

Can Prefinished Hardwood Floors Be Saved?

The look of site-finished floors has become more popular than the glossy prefinished style. It could be because it looks more natural, or because site finished floors hide scratches and dents better. Got glossy floors that you want to update yourself? Good news and bad news time. The good news is, the answer is usually yes, you can sand and refinish prefinished hardwood floors.. However, there is a “but,” involved. If your floors are solid hardwood, you should definitely be able to sand and refinish them. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, engineered hardwood is a different story. Engineered hardwood is generally unable to be sanded or refinished.

Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood

The term “prefinished” doesn’t actually have anything to do with the quality of the wood floor, or whether or not the floor is solid or engineered. Prefinished simply means it was finished at the factory. Solid hardwood is exactly as it sounds: one solid piece all the way through. A typical piece of solid hardwood is 3/4″ thick. Engineered hardwood can be thought of as an “assembled” piece of wood. The top layer is thin piece of hardwood on top of layers of wood that is similar to plywood. In general, the thicker the top layer, the more expensive the piece of engineered hardwood.

Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished almost indefinitely. Eventually, there won’t be enough wood left to sand but that likely won’t happen in our lifetime. Typically, the more expensive engineered hardwood floors can still be sanded and refinished. This is because they have a thicker top layer of hardwood. Unfortunately, the thinner, cheaper variety of engineered hardwood can’t be sanded because there is simply not enough surface to remove.

How can you tell if you have solid or engineered hardwood? There are a few ways. If your floor is lower than ground level, it is more likely to be engineered- this is due to the propensity of solid hardwood to buckle below grade. If the floor is directly  installed on cement, it feels thin, or even “bouncy,” it is likely engineered.

If you determine that you have solid hardwood or thicker engineered hardwood, rejoice! Now you can sand and refinish them for many more years of beautiful flooring.

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