Revitalize your Hardwood Floor with Recoating or Refinishing

Rod Lorenz

Hardwood floors are a timeless and elegant addition to any home. They can add warmth and charm to a room, while also providing durability and longevity. However, even the most well-maintained hardwood floors can show signs of wear and tear over time. That's where recoating and refinishing come into play.

If you're looking to restore the shine and beauty of your hardwood floors, there are three main processes you can choose from: recoating and refinishing. Each of these processes has its own level of intensity, and it's important to understand the differences between them before making a decision.


Recoating is a more intensive process than polishing. It involves using a buffer to lightly scuff the existing finish to remove ground-in debris that polishing can't. Once the existing finish is scuffed, it is recoated with another layer of finish. Recoating is a great option if your hardwood floors are showing signs of wear and tear, but don't have any major damage or deep scratches. Like polishing, it should be done by a professional to ensure that it is done correctly.


Refinishing is the most intensive process of the three. It involves the complete removal of the existing layer of finish before a new layer is added. Refinishing can repair moderate damage or change the color of your floor with a different stain. This process requires the most labor and can only be done a limited number of times throughout a floor's life before the wear layer is gone. Refinishing is recommended if your hardwood floors have deep scratches, significant damage, or if you want to change the color of your floors.

The Benefits of Revitalizing Your Hardwood Floors

Both processes have their benefits. They remove dirt and grime, fill in surface scratches, restore the sheen and luster of your floor, and create a fresh protective wear layer. They also create an opportunity to have a design update with a new color, sheen or texture. However, it is important to choose the right process for your floors based on their condition.

If you want to maintain the beauty and longevity of your hardwood floors, these processes can help restore your floors to their original shine and protect them from further damage. Whether you choose recoating or refinishing, it's important to have a professional handle the process to ensure that it is done correctly and that your floors look their best for years to come.

Want to restore the look of your floor with a recoat or totally transform its look? Contact us and one of the hardwood professionals will consult with you for the best option.

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