Hardwood floor refinishing in Westchester County NY

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

Refinish hardwood floors Westchester New York  Refinishing your hardwood floors can have a huge impact on your Westchester County 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 Westchester County New York  First, 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).  

Westchester 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 - Westchester 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 Westchester County NY.

dark hardwood flooring ebony Westchester NY  We 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 Westchester NY


Frequently asked questions about Hardwood floor refinishing in Westchester NY


We are a Shop at home flooring store in Westchester NY.

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 3 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 (21)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Michael - Yes, that's for sure.  Buyers and owners are looking for hardwood. No question about it.

Mar 25, 2013 07:13 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

All of my apartments in NYC had hardwood floors, I prefer them to carpeting and they are so much easier to keep clean. Great information from The Flooring Girl.

Mar 25, 2013 07:47 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Roger - Yes, they are so much easier and last so much longer.

Mar 25, 2013 07:49 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good information for consumers. If anyone is looking for hardwood flor or to refinish existing hardwood flor in Westchester NY they should call you.

Mar 25, 2013 08:09 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Gita - Thank you so much, and thx as always for your support.

Mar 25, 2013 08:52 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Debbie, such a great informational piece for the consumer...and oh, how I love wood floors!

Mar 25, 2013 09:17 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debbie,

Great post for consumers! We grew up with wood flooring and the waxing..aughhhhhhh!! You know who got handed the job!!! We have hardwood floors now but the polyurethane finish makes all the difference!

Mar 25, 2013 09:23 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie, installing hardwood floors in our home was the best thing we ever did. You mention in several of your posts where you can go from a dark to a light stain. Does the dark stain not penetrate deeply into the wood flooring? Does it basically stay on the surface where it can easily be sanded off?

Mar 25, 2013 10:43 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Excellent information as always. I love real wood floors.  They just look and feel great.

Mar 25, 2013 11:17 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Congrats on the feature!!  When we bought our home a year ago I noticed the floors weren't great, but they look ok.  Someday would love to replace, but again they look ok.  They look like hardwood, but they aren't the real thing and they are really scratched...only really noticeable when you take a really good look...which I really have to stop doing!

Mar 25, 2013 11:22 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Congratulations on the Feature post Debbie.

You have once again explained hard wood flooring to help the consumer making wise decisions.

Mar 25, 2013 11:46 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Debbie this post is just packed full of great info and the video is great too..well done !

Mar 26, 2013 12:02 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Debbie, We just refinished two rooms in our house.  A huge difference in appearance from Before to After.

Mar 26, 2013 12:04 AM
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Great information Debbie!  There is nothing like beautiful hardwood floors in a home.  When they are not in good shape, a house can really look dumpy.

Mar 26, 2013 12:38 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie I wish I had hardwood floors under my carpet so that I could just refinish them, however as I replace the carpet it will be with hardwood floors.

Mar 26, 2013 03:43 AM
Westchester County Home Inspector BY Anthony Cioppa
Westchester Home Inspector Compass Home Inspectors - New Rochelle, NY
Westchester Home Inspectors compassinspectors.com

This is such a helpful guide for those in Westchester County.  Thx for sharing.

Mar 26, 2013 04:39 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Debbie, you are a wealth of information when it comes to hardwood floors. I learned something new as I've never heard of dustless sanding. Thanks for your post today,

Mar 26, 2013 06:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Having lived through dusty hardwood refinishing, I would opt for the dust free next time I do it.  Wishing you a great rest of the week. A

Mar 26, 2013 08:15 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

All - Sorry, I've been out and catching up on estimates.

Michael - exactly - the stain will sand off afterwards.  It only penetrates a bit...less than the amount you sand.

All - Thx so much for your comments and feedback.

Mar 26, 2013 10:53 AM
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Debbie~ Great flooring information...as ALWAYS :) Do you think that it works ok to have a different type/color of hardwood in another area of the house that doesn't attach to the other hardwood? For instance a bedroom that is away from the main living space where the majority of the hardwood is located... Or do you think it is best to stay unison through the house?

Mar 26, 2013 12:04 PM