Here’s the thing about wood floors, they can be easily damaged and repairing them is no small expense. In fact, anyone who is not properly trained as to the correct methods for sanding their floor is going into this endeavor with a higher likelihood of committing at least one critical mistake before they’ve decided that perhaps they should have hired a professional to handle the task.
That’s because professional floor sanders have a wealth of experience under their belt, they know what pitfalls to avoid so as to not cause any harms to your hardwood, and most important, they have the proper tools and equipment to do the job right.
Let’s suppose for a minute that you are going to soldier forth in doing the job all by yourself. Chances are you do not own a floor sander so you will be renting one from your local hardware store or tool and equipment rental house.
Fair enough. Now what kind of sander do you need? Any idea? You could ask the friendly clerk at the store or rental house what you should be using but let me stop you right there. If you don’t even know the specific tool necessary for doing the job correctly (not just doing the job…doing it correctly) then what makes you think you have the knowledge to get the job done right when you have that tool in hand and you’re about to use it?
But let’s continue. You’re at the rental shop, you’ve asked for a sander, perhaps the clerk has even asked you about the type of job you plan to use it for. I can assure you with all certainty you can’t possibly be given the right sander for that job. That’s because most of the hardware stores and rental shops simply don’t carry the proper sander necessary for sanding your floors correctly.
What they will offer you is one of the “consumer” grade versions that you can purchase at just about any Home Depot. They run on a 110 volt power source meaning you can plug it right into your wall socket. But the main problem is that these consumer grade sanders just aren’t heavy or powerful enough to sand the floor sufficiently well.
The type of unit that a professional floor sander will use is much heavier than the consumer versions. A professional sander weighs a couple hundred pounds and contains a motor capable of roughly 5 to 7 horsepower of torque. I can guarantee you will not be getting a sander from the store that will come anywhere near this level of capability.
After all, these things run about $15,000 retail and the hardware store or rental shop probably doesn’t want to take the risk of giving this type of equipment to a total amateur with little to no experience sanding a floor.
So now you’ve rented your consumer grade, lightweight, plug it into the wall machine. You’ve managed to figure out what grit you need for your sandpaper and, lo and behold, you’re about to get started on sanding your floor.
Well since you’re not really using the proper size sander in the first place and it’s entirely possible that you don’t have the correct grit (but let’s assume that you got that right). The age of your floor is going to play a factor in just how badly you screw this up because particularly old floors simply cannot weather the mistakes made by amateurs who have a perfunctory capability at best. Poor sanding can lead to your floors getting sanded down too thin and when that happens it can very easily lead to a permanently damaged hardwood floor.
Keep this in mind whether you are doing this in a home you own or an apartment or condo that you are renting from someone else. If you perform shoddy work on someone else’s floor, you can probably expect to lose that security deposit, at best, or face legal action on the part of the unit owner, at worst.
The Best Choice
Leave the sanding to the professionals and call N-Hance of Tacoma to handle all of your flooring needs. Our professional technicians have years of experience under their belt and the right equipment to do the job right.
When you choose flooring for your home you’re doing so because you want an aesthetic that is timeless and built to last for years to come. Sanding those floors yourself is just asking for trouble in the form of poor craftsmanship and substantial damage that could cost three to four times more than if you had hired someone else to do the work. That’s if you’re lucky. It could be even more costly depending on how badly you botch things…and you will.