Why is Floor Sanding so Expensive?
- February 13, 2015
- Posted by: Glyn Pires
- Category: Floor Sanding
After looking into re-finishing your hardwood floor, you may be wondering why it is so expensive to restore your wooden floor?The answer to this question is not a simple one since you have to look at the value that the work will provide. So, yes, it may cost a few hundred pounds or more depending on your area that needs to be finished. Although, this process will restore your floors back to their original beauty and in the process transform your home. You can expect your newly finished floors to raise the property value and give your room that “new” feeling, once again.
The Long Road to Beautiful Floors
With all that said, restoring your floors costs a little bit of money because the process is quite extensive. Whether you are doing it on your own or you are hiring a professional wood sanding company, you will quickly learn that there is a lot of work involved in sanding your floors.
For starters, the sanding process will require you to do a number of passes over the floor. Depending on the condition of the floor, you will need to start with coarse grit sandpaper such as a 25 grit. Once you have managed to sand all the paint, stains and top layer off, you will need to clean the floor and start again with 40 grit sandpaper. This process will continue with 60 grit, 80 grit, 100 grit and possibly 120 grit sandpaper.
As you can see, sanding your floor isn’t a simple process where you just make one or two passes with a sanding machine. Instead, you need to gradually work the floor from a coarse paper down to finer sandpaper. The end result will be a beautifully sanded floor that is even and ready for finishing.
On the Edge
Of course, you also need to consider the edges of the floors along the walls. You can’t sand this area with a normal drum sander. Instead, you will need an edger to go along the walls and carefully sand them down to the original wood.
The same problem arises with the corners of the room. Your edger won’t be able to perform an adequate job in the corners, so you will need to use a carbide paint scraper and sand them down by hand. Once the edges have all been sanded down, you will need to go through the screening process which ensures the edges naturally blend in with the rest of the floor.
There you Have it – The Floor Sanding Process
This is a very quick and dirty overview of the sanding process but you can see that it entails quite a bit of work and effort to get your floor ready for finishing. As such, it will be more expensive than just simply buffing out your floor. It will definitely be worth the cost in the long run though.