Refinishing hardwood floors vs. replacing

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1/7/2016 at 10:52:13 AM

Will be taking possession of my new home in March that has hardwood floors throughout the main level which are in need of refinishing or replacing due to the current owners large dogs. They are all scratched up. Floors are only a few years old, approximately 700-800 sq ft.

I am trying to decide whether to refinish them or replace them, depending on costs and length of time to complete the floors.

How many days to remove and replace new floors opposed to refinishing?

Refinishing hardwood floors vs. replacing
Refinishing hardwood floors vs. replacing
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Jeannie from Floors Direct North in Newmarket
Date/Time1/7/2016 at 12:17:48 PM

Hi Tanya,

The floor would have to be assessed first to establish how deep the scratches are if indeed it can be re-finished. We don't charge to measure or to look at the job for you. If they can be re-finished, it will take a day. With the new odourless fast drying urethane you are able to walk on it pretty quickly although it is advisable to leave it a day if you can.

With new hardwood you're looking at a day to a day and half to remove and install new.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,


Floors Direct North

Thornhill and Newmarket

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Date/Time1/7/2016 at 12:29:55 PM


My suggestion (site unseen) would be to replace the flooring. Re-finishing requires a lot of sanding and the dust, although it is somewhat controlled, remains on the wals and can seep through the house. The scratches, if deep, require a lot of work to remove. The new floor might cost a little more, but you'd have a new floor and have the option of choosing a floor colour, pattern, or even other material, that would suite your desire. Pros & cons, of course, but it's your place and will be until you move to another. I'd suggest you do what makes you happy rather than just fixing an irritation.

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Date/Time1/7/2016 at 12:35:44 PM

Hi Tanya,

Refinishing your hardwood will cost you $3.50sf which may take 3 - 4 days.

Installation of hardwood will cost you $1.75sf

Baseboards and Quarter Rounds - Material + Installation $3.00 / Linear Foot.

Removal and Disposal will cost you $1.00 sf


Colin Pereira

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Tanya in Mississauga
Date/Time1/8/2016 at 9:05:30 AM

Thank you for everyone's advice/knowledge!

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Date/Time1/12/2016 at 6:31:23 PM

Replacing the flooring would generally be more than double the price of sanding and refinishing the floor, depending on your desired wood selection. Your existing pre-finished hardwood has a micro bevel which would be lost after the refinishing. If you are looking to redo the flooring on a tighter budget we would recommend refinishing, however it cost is not an issue new floors could look really good.

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