Can I Refinish Pre-Finished Hardwood Floors?

When it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of your home, hardwood floors stand out as a timeless choice. However, with time and wear, even the most durable pre-finished hardwood floors may lose their luster. This leads to a common question homeowners face: Can I refinish pre-finished hardwood floors? The answer is a resounding yes! In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the ins and outs of refinishing pre-finished hardwood floors, ensuring you have all the information you need to bring back the shine to your floors.

How do you know if you have solid hardwood or engineered hardwood?

Can I Refinish Pre-Finished Hardwood Floors?
If your flooring appears to be thin, chances are it’s engineered.  Solid hardwood is generally 3/4″ thick where as most engineered hardwoods are 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick.  
The easiest way to determine the thickness is if you (or the previous owner) has extra pieces left over.  Alternatively, if you have solid hardwood in part of the home and then what appears to be thinner in other areas, that may be a good indication.  Sometimes, you can tell at the transition points (e.g. in closets) where you can see the profile of the wood or by lifting the heat registers in the floor (if they are on the ground).
If your flooring is directly on top of concrete or tile, it is probably engineered flooring.  Solid hardwood needs to be nailed into plywood and can not be nailed directly into concrete.
If it’s floating…meaning that it’s not attached to the floor.  Often, if the floor moves, bounces or depresses under your feet, it’s a floating floor.If it’s floating floor it can not be refinished.

Understanding Pre-Finished Hardwood Floors

The Basics

Pre-finished hardwood floors are a popular choice for their convenience and durability. These floors come from the manufacturer already sanded, stained, and coated with a protective finish. This pre-finishing process means faster installation and less mess in your home.
Cost to sand prefinished hardwood floors


One of the key advantages of pre-finished hardwood floors is their durability. The factory-applied finish is usually tougher and longer-lasting than site-applied finishes. Additionally, pre-finished floors offer a wider variety of wood species and stain colors, making them a versatile choice for any home.
Sanding Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Assessing Your Floors' Condition

Before diving into refinishing, it’s crucial to assess the condition of your floors. Look for signs of wear and tear, such as deep scratches, dents, or fading. If the damage is superficial, your floors are likely good candidates for refinishing.
Cost of Refinishing Hardwood Floors

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Written on
December 10, 2022
by Block

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