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Old 03-04-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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I just bought my a house near my daughters college it is 92 years old and has hardwood floors throughout the entire house. The floors are very stained and you can tell where the large rugs laid.
My question is: Would it be better to try and sand the current floors or put laminate floors over them?
My daughter will also have 3 to 4 room mates over the next four years.
Looking for advice for the long run.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:04 PM   #2
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Usually wood floors can be sanded & refinished
Pics would help

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I have a few pics hope this helps. Also any idea how much they charge per square foot to sand and refinish, approximately?

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Costs will vary by area
MY wife "knew" someone so we had our entry (~4x8), main room(~13x19) & dining room(10x14) refinished for $700
But that was over 6 years ago

Get several local quotes & check references
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It would be sacrilegious to cover those floors with laminate.
They'll sand up nice and any remaining stains will be "character".
Rough ballpark of $3 to $4 per square foot for sanding and 3 coats of finish.
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Thanks for the advice I will get estimates on refinishing the hardwood though out the whole house.
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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That looks like a great floor, especially with the borders. definetely resand and finish. dependin on how well they clean up(stains coming out) you can go with a lighter color stain, or even natural. That will make the borders pop out a lot more as well as brighten up the place. the darker you go on the flor color, the smaller the space is gonna look. Also, see what the guys will quote you for water based finish. ask for Bona Mega of better. one coat of sealer and two or three coats of finish on top. That way your floor will have better scratch resistance and will wear a lot less with college kids "taking care of it". Go with a satin finish (or maybe a semi gloss if you really like a shinier floor) it will show scratches, dust and dirt a lot less than a shinier finish.
do your research before taking estimates, so that you'll know what to ask and what the floor guys are talking about.
if you have any wueations after the estimates, fire away.
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P.S. : $3-$4 if a little high for regular resand/finish job. Maybe with Bona traffic( best floor finish in my oppinion)
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Thanks again I can't wait to get some estimates and see what they can do.

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