Refinishing or restoring your hardwood floors is always less expensive than replacing them.  Replacement involves paying for wood, the installation, as well as labor costs for tearing up and hauling away the existing hardwood.  Engineered hardwoods can never be restored or refinished.  The cost to refinish 1,000 square feet of hardwood flooring averages between $3,000 and $8,000 compared to $15,000 to $30,000 to replace.  A popular method for reviving your floors is by refinishing or restoring by resurfacing them.


Refinishing involves dustless sanding down the floor to remove the top layer of the finish, then staining and sealing the wood. This is a more labor-intensive process that will take several days to complete.

Refinishing hardwood floors is a process in which the old finish on your floors is stripped away, then a new finish is applied to the wood.  Finishes can range from varnish, oil finish, wax finish, shellac, wood dye, stain, lacquer, or water based.  The good thing about refinishing hardwood floors is that it can usually be done without removing the old boards, which saves time and money.

While refinishing hardwood floors can be an excellent option for bringing old wood back to life, it’s a process that doesn’t happen overnight.  It will likely take a few weeks to complete because each layer needs to dry fully, and you’ll need to stay out of the room until the process is finished.  But once it is, your hardwood floors will look brand new!

Restoration by resurfacing

Restoration by resurfacing uses a machine to sand off the top layer of finish and applies a new one.  This process is less intensive than refinishing and can be done in just a few hours.  The good thing about hardwood floor resurfacing is that it’s a quick and relatively inexpensive process.

Restoration by resurfacing can usually be done in a single day, with minimal disruption to your home.  Unlike refinishing hardwood floors, where the old boards are stripped, sanded, and re-finished, hardwood floor resurfacing can be done with a single pass of the dustless sanding machine.  The sanding process removes the top layers of wood, revealing the fresh wood below.  Then a finish is applied to protect the wood.

Making the decision

When it comes to deciding which type of hardwood flooring repair is right for you, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.  First, you’ll want to check that your hardwood flooring is good enough to warrant the repair.  Then, you’ll need to consider your budget, how much time and money you’re ready to devote to the project.

When deciding between hardwood floor restoring or refinishing, it will depend on your specific needs and situation.  Hardwood floor restoring by resurfacing is an excellent option if the wood on your floor is still sound but needs a fresh coat of finish.  If your wood has some warping or other damage, you’ll probably need to refinish the boards.  Remember that refinishing will be a bit more expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive to your home.  While refinishing and restoring hardwood floors are long-lasting options, refinishing is a more permanent solution.

Professional hardwood floor restoration awaits.

Whether sanding new hardwood to be finished on site or refinishing your existing wood floors, our experts take pride in restoring old hardwood floors, bringing back the original luster and appearance for decades to come.  We only use the best quality stain, the best quality finishing solutions, and the best equipment, including dust-free sanding machines.  We offer custom stains, and our color matching process is precise.  Our talented sanders have mastered the art of refinishing and restoring hardwood floors of all grades and species.  Our technique is like no other, where we take additional steps to ensure the highest quality results.

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Hardwood Floors are a major investment.  Hudson Floor Group Inc. is a full-service flooring company providing installation, refinishing, restoration, repairs, maintenance, flooring material and high quality, professional service.  Contact us at OR phone us at 201-644-4400.  NJ Location: 92 Bell Street Orange, NJ 07050 NYC Location: 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite Q291 New York, NY 10001.   CERTIFICATIONS: OSHA, NWFA, and FSC.