Your hardwood floors take a lot of abuse. High heels, shuffling feet, dog nails, cat claws, kids sliding across them in cardboard boxes—you name it, your floors have probably suffered it. Over time, even normal wear can leave your floors looking dull and in need of some serious love.
Sure, you can have your floors sanded down and refinished, but it many cases, that would be like treating the common cold with invasive surgery. It’s a time-consuming and messy project, and it can get very expensive. At Lifetime Hardwood Floors, we’ve encountered countless clients who are fully prepared to have their worn-looking floors sanded and refinished. We’re always happy to tell them that there are far less-expensive and less-intrusive ways to restore their floor’s original luster. Enter the screen and re-coat, the hardwood floor industry’s best-kept secret and one of our specialties.
What is a Screen & Re-coat?
A screen and re-coat, also known as a buff and coat, is the process of laying down a topcoat of low-VOC, water-based polyurethane over the existing coat to make your floors glow again. But a new coat polyurethane generally won’t stick to the existing coat without roughing it up a little, and that’s where the screen or buffer comes in. The screen is a piece of mesh material that’s embedded with abrasive particles, kind of like sandpaper, only far less aggressive. The screening process removes only a fraction of the existing top coat—just enough to texture it so that the new polyurethane will bond to it strongly and seamlessly.
When a Screen & Re-coat Isn’t a Viable Option
Not every floor is a candidate for screening and re-coating. Any damage to the wood, such as scratches or dents from moving furniture, UV discoloration around rugs, or visible damage from pet accidents, can’t be erased by a screen and re-coat. Likewise, any spots where the polyurethane has worn away completely due to heavy traffic will appear slightly different from the rest of the floor after it’s re-coated, and you probably don’t want that. A screen and re-coat also isn’t an option for floors that have been finished with wax, an old technology often found in older homes and buildings.
If you’ve ever used a wax-based cleaner like Mop & Glo or a silicon cleaner or oil soap on your floor, new polyurethane won’t bond to the old, no matter how much screening is performed. While most contractors don’t have the equipment, technology, or expertise to effectively identify and remove these types of impurities, Lifetime Hardwood Floors specializes in this and other types of problematic re-coats. In our 30 years of experience, we’ve seen it all. We have the cutting-edge testing protocol, state-of-the art equipment, and specialized skills to work with any hardwood floor.
Screening and re-coating every three to five years or when your floors have lost their luster can save you a considerable amount of money in restoration costs over the lifetime of your floor. It can even increase the resale value of your home.
Ready to Restore Shine to Your Hardwood Floors?
If you’re considering a facelift for your tired hardwood floors, contact Lifetime Hardwood Floors today. We offer free in-home inspections and estimates in the Omaha area and can provide you with a number of restoration options that are far less invasive and expensive than sanding and refinishing.