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Buff and Recoat Hardwood Floors

The process of recoating hardwood floors is interchangeably referred to as "screen and recoat" or "buff and coat." These terms essentially describe the same procedure.
Hardwood floor buffing
In essence, the process involves using a buffer and a mesh sanding screen or abrasive pad to abrade the existing floor finish. This abrasion allows the new top coat of finish to adhere properly to the floor. Alternatively, there is a chemical process that can be used to etch the surface layer, ensuring proper adhesion of the new coating to the existing one.

Why Should You Do It?

Regardless of how durable your hardwood floor's finish system is, it will inevitably start to show signs of wear due to the constant abuse it endures.

As the most frequently used area in any home, hardwood floors require regular maintenance to protect them from the daily wear and tear they are subjected to. From dirty shoes and pet nails to spilled drinks and more, these floors face a multitude of challenges.

Over time, the finish accumulates contaminants, wears down, and develops scratches as a result of the aforementioned factors.
Recoat hardwood floors
By periodically deep cleaning and either buffing or screening your floors, followed by applying a fresh coat of finish, you can rejuvenate your hardwood floors. This process not only restores their appearance but also helps to rebuild the wear layer. As a result, your floors will be able to withstand daily use and prolong their lifespan before requiring a complete refinishing.
Hardwood floor maintenance
Some people also want a recoat to change the sheen on their floors. If you have super shiny glossy floors but you’d rather have a semi-gloss or a matte sheen, then with a buff and coat you can do that within a day.

When Should a Buff and Coat Be Done?

Many people mistakenly believe that the screening and recoating process can be done once the finish has worn through. However, by the time the finish has reached this stage, the floor is no longer suitable for screening and recoating. This procedure needs to be performed before the finish becomes too thin or completely worn through, when visible signs of wear and damage are apparent.

As shown in the example below, where the finish has worn through and deep scratches are present, the floor is not a suitable candidate for a buff and coat. Additionally, any drum marks resulting from a poorly executed sanding job further complicate the situation.

When Should a Buff and Coat Be Done?

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It is crucial to screen and recoat your floors well before they reach the advanced stage described earlier. This preventive approach is comparable to applying sunblock to your skin.

Just as sunblock needs to be applied before your skin is exposed to the sun and reapplied throughout the day as the protective layer wears thin, you should also take proactive measures with your hardwood floors. If you allow the finish to wear thin and the floor to become damaged, it becomes too late to address the issue effectively. Regardless of how much finish is applied afterward, once the damage is done, it's done.

To ensure optimal protection for your floors, pay close attention to high-traffic areas in your home, such as kitchens, entrances, hallways, areas under chair legs, and spots where furniture experiences heavy foot traffic. When you start noticing signs of wear and tear in these areas, it's time to consider adding another coat of finish to provide additional protection.

On average, a general time frame for screening and recoating is every 3-5 years, although the frequency may vary depending on the amount of traffic your floors receive.

Are All Hardwood Floors a Candidate for a Buff and Coat?

Hardwood scratch repair

There are cases when a floor has significant damage that exceeds the capabilities of a screen and recoat.

If your hardwood floor has deep scratches, pet urine stains, water damage from pot plants, UV discoloration, gray worn-out areas, or layers of caked-on floor polish, like the one shown in the photo below, no amount of buffing or new finish application will be able to completely hide or repair these unsightly and damaged areas.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of businesses and franchises claiming to offer fast and cost-effective methods for restoring hardwood floors, without the mess and dust associated with traditional sanding and refinishing.
While these claims may seem appealing, it's important to weigh up their accuracy against the reality.Simply buffing and applying a new topcoat over damaged, scratched, dented, discolored and worn-through floors may seem like an easy solution, but it is not always effective. Unfortunately, if these damaged areas are not addressed before the new finish is applied, they will still be visible - and may even be highlighted by the new finish.
Therefore, it's important to be cautious when considering any service that promises quick and easy fixes for hardwood flooring issues. Make sure you research thoroughly, read reviews and check the credentials of any company you're considering, to ensure you're getting the best service for your hardwood floors.

As an example, here’s a buff and coat that was done to try and cover the damage in the floor…
Floor refinishing alternatives
It may seem appealing at first glance, but unfortunately, the reality is not as simple as it appears. If restoring hardwood floors were truly that easy, we would have transitioned to specializing in buff and coats instead of traditional hardwood floor sanding.

Numerous customers have expressed their dissatisfaction and shared negative experiences on various websites after being promised miraculous results from a quick and inexpensive buff and coat service.

I encourage you to spend a few minutes conducting a quick Google search to see for yourself the range of outcomes and customer feedback.

The truth is, when it comes to addressing significant damage, the only effective solution is to bring in sanding machines, remove all layers of finish, and employ proper traditional sanding techniques to repair the damage. In some cases, new flooring may also be necessary. Afterward, a complete finish system can be applied to achieve a truly restored and long-lasting result.
Floor polish and recoating
Here’s a floor we did that had pet urine damage…
Wood floor restoration
And here is the same floor after a full sand and refinish…
The level of damage and wear shown in the photo cannot be effectively addressed with just a buff and coat. It is necessary to follow the proper restoration process to guarantee the removal of the damage and achieve that brand new appearance for your floors once again.
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