Should you sand your own floor or hire a professional? For anyone renovating or redecorating their home, deciding which tasks to take on themselves and which to hire a professional for can be difficult. Cost is often the driving factor but there are many other things to take into consideration; level of skill required to carry out any given task, access to tools/materials, having the time to do it or simply whether or not you have the basic know-how. Floor sanding and restoration is no different.
As a professional floor sander, the satisfaction I feel when putting down the final coat of lacquer hasn’t gotten old. I can assure you sanding your own floor will probably give you twice the satisfaction, as you can relive it every time your friends and family compliment your beautiful wood floor.
I take great pride in my work and my customers satisfaction but unfortunately there are companies out there that are only interested in getting in, cutting corners, using cheap products, doing it as quickly as possible and getting out. I have had the displeasure of working with some of these companies. Generally speaking though, most will do a good job, in a time effective and cost efficient way… Relatively speaking! Depending on the size of your floor, you will pay probably a quarter of the price of hiring a professional, and as the floor increases in size, the money you save increases.
With a bit of shopping around and comparing prices you will find there is easy access to sanding tools and finishing materials. A word of warning: Try to not skimp on the tools you hire and lacquers or oils you may use! I know budgets are important, but 5 minutes of using a cheap drum sander and you may give up and call a professional. And 2 years down the line when your finish is wearing out or delaminating, you’ll wish you spent that little extra.
It has taken years to become a competent, confident floor sander that can take on any floor and know exactly how to tackle it and how to deal with any problems that may arise. And this is what I wish to impart to you with this website. I will be as thorough and comprehensive as I can. There will be a page to help you with anything you may encounter. e.g.. how to sand pine floor boards, how to sand a basket formation mosaic parquet floor, how to fill knotts. Any problem you may have we will endeavour to help. If we don’t cover your particular problem, let us know!
Take it on!! You will have great pleasure in the process and the end result will make you happy every time you look at it. Also there’s an invaluable comfort gain from having put your own hard work into your home, making it your own and being proud of it.
Why not post your project on HowToSandaFloor.com! Very soon you will be able to post your progress pictures, get help from the DIY flooring community and be an example to anyone considering renovating their own floor!