Hardwood floor refinishing in Pound Ridge NY

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Refinishing hardwood floors in Pound Ridge NY - Everything you ever wanted to know about sanding your floors.

Refinish hardwood floors Pound Ridge New York 10576Refinishing your hardwood floors can have a huge impact on your Pound Ridge home. You will be amazed at how refreshed your home will look...and the floors will look good as new. Many don't realize that when you sand and refinish the floors, you have the option to change the color - you can go from dark to light or light to dark or anywhere in between.  


If you have hardwood flooring underneath your carpet, you are in luck. Usually, refinishing and restoring the hardwood will cost LESS than recarpeting. And, most homeowners prefer the look and feel of hardwood. Not only will it improve your home's value, but they are much easier to clean and maintain.

How does the hardwood refinishing process work?

oak hardwood flooring in Pound Ridge New York 10576First, all the furniture and all items need to be moved off of the floor. Sometimes, our customers move the furniture; other times they prefer to have us move it. If there is carpet to remove, we take care of that as well. We put plastic around all of the areas that will not be sanded. We then sand the floors 3 times...each time with finer and finer grits so that the wood looks like raw hardwood again and the pores are open to accept the stain and polyurethane. We use edgers to help around the edge of the room.  


From there, we apply a stain (if you want to stain the floors) or if you are going natural, we add on a coat of polyurethane. After this has dried, we add on another coat of polyurethane, and after that has dried, we buff the floors and add on another coat of polyurethane. During that entire time, you can not walk on the floors nor have any furniture on the floor. For this reason, it's ideal to do this work either BEFORE you move in or while you are away (not to mention that it is messy and it smells). See below of for a link on how long the process takes as well as the different types of polyurethane (the different types have different drying times and it's important that you plan ahead).  

Pound Ridge NY Refinish hardwood floors


The sanding machines have bags attached to capture most of the sawdust (similar to a lawn mower), and we vacuum in between each coat. It's important that while the refinishing process is going on and it's drying that no other work is happening elsewhere in the house. If so, dust created by other workers can easily settle in the stain and polyurethane.


If you have pet stains (or water stains) on your hardwood, we can help you fix that. Usually, the hardwood can be replaced and woven in, and after you refinish the hardwood floors, it will look good as new.

We offer dustless sanding and refinishing - Pound Ridge NY

Many of our customers prefer the dustless refinishing as it's much cleaner and neater. It's especially good if you are already living in your home, and if one of your family members is sensitive to dust or has asthma. Dustless sanding does cost a bit more than the standard method, so we will often price out both options for our customers. 

Choosing a stain color for your hardwood floors in Pound Ridge NY.

dark hardwood flooring ebony Pound Ridge NY 10576We help our customers choose colors by providing guidance on colors that are in style and will go with your overall style and decor. We usually test 3 stain colors for our customers so that they feel comfortable with the decision. It's much better to test the stain on your own floors...the same stain color can look different in different homes, pending on the species of hardwood, the grade of wood as well as its age and based on the lighting in the home. Wood naturally has color variation, so some boards will come out lighter and some darker, so going off a single stain chip can be misleading...it's much better to see it on a larger section of your own floor.  


For more info on hardwood stain colors, check out these 2 blog posts. You can also visit minwax.com to see the full stain color range.

  You can also see the breadth of oak hardwood flooring colors and styles in this video.

Oak hardwood flooring and stain colors in Pound Ridge NY


Frequently asked questions about Hardwood floor refinishing in Pound Ridge NY 10576


We are a Shop at home flooring store in Pound Ridge NY 10576.

We make things easy for you by "bringing the store to your door." We can refinish existing hardwood flooring as well as add new hardwood to additional rooms. We also offer carpet and tile, so not only can help you for all your types of flooring, but we can be objective and tell you the trade-offs and costs differences among many flooring options.  


Our estimates are always free, so feel free to give us a call at 914-937-2950 for a free in-home consultation. [


We are proud of our work, but don't rely on our word...ask our customers! We have won the Angie's list Super Service award 2 years in a row, and you can even check our google reviews online. And, we will gladly provide with a list of over 30 customers to call.


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Comments (7)

Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


An outstanding and informative post . . . . thanks for sharing your insight.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 19, 2013 11:47 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Great post so informative. I can tell you know your stuff. So a question arose in my mind. If someone wants hardwood floors how does that work on a cracked foundation?

Jan 19, 2013 01:48 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Lou - Thank you so much.

Sussie - Thx.  Solid hardwood needs to be installed on top of plywood (rather than concrete.  It can usually tolerate minor discrepancies in the subfloor.  If you are doing engineered hardwood and gluing down, then the floor would need to be smoothed out.

Jan 19, 2013 06:47 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Very well done Debbie! This will really prove helpful to all readers. Keep it up and stay the best!

Jan 20, 2013 11:04 PM
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Impressive work as always Debbie. This sure is very informative and easy to understand. Keep it up!

Jan 20, 2013 11:20 PM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

I'd have to agree, everything you ever wanted to know about sanding your floors is on this blog. Congratulations for another job well done!

Jan 20, 2013 11:25 PM
Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer - Valencia, CA

You never fail to impress us with your posts Debbie. Great photos and videos. Keep it up!

Jan 20, 2013 11:31 PM