Find a hardwood floor refinisher near Des Moines, IA

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much should I pay to have my wood floors refinished?

The average cost to refinish wood floors ranges from $600 to $5,000. But how much you should pay depends on a variety of factors, including size, location, material costs and prep work. Here’s a quick look at cost estimates depending on the total square footage:

100 - 250 sq. ft. $600
251 - 500 sq. ft. $750
501 - 750 sq. ft. $1,601
751 - 1,000 sq. ft. $2,100
1,001 - 1,500 sq. ft. $2,350
1,501 - 2,000 sq. ft. $3,500
2,001 - 3,000 sq. ft. $5,000

To find out exactly how much it will cost to refinish your wood floors, contact the best hardwood floor refinishers near you and ask for free cost estimates.

For more information about pricing, read “How much does refinishing hardwood floors cost?

Is it cheaper to refinish or replace hardwood floors?

Refinishing your hardwood floors is almost always cheaper than replacing them entirely. New hardwood floors typically cost between $1.75 and $9 per square foot to install, or $1,500 to $10,000. Refinishing your floors will generally cost around $2.70 and $3 per square foot, or $600 to $5,000. 

It’s always better to refinish your floors when they’re still in good condition rather than waiting until they have heavy damage and scratching. This will lower your costs in the long run, and it’s a great way to preserve your floors. 

Contact the best wood floor refinishers near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your floors.

Is refinishing hardwood floors worth it?

Refinishing your hardwood floors has many benefits for homeowners, both short- and long-term. For example, it can immediately improve the value of your home by appealing to future buyers. You might also save money in the long run, as damaged floors require expensive maintenance and may even need to be replaced. And a professional floor refinisher will have the tools and equipment to refinish your floors safely and efficiently.

Talk to the top-rated hardwood floor refinishers in your area to find out if refinishing your floors is a good idea for your home.

How long does it take to sand and refinish hardwood floors?

It typically takes between two and five days to refinish hardwood floors, depending on the type of polyurethane you use (oil or water-based), and the size and condition of your floors.

For example, some flooring businesses may be able to sand approximately 1,500 to 2,000 square feet in one day or several hundred square feet in a few hours. Re-sanding floors with old finishes will usually take longer than sanding unfinished hardwood. It might also take longer to sand floors in older homes, floors that have sustained water damage or floors located in humid environments. 

Contact the best hardwood floor refinishers near you to find out how long it will take to sand and finish your floors.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a flooring professional during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To safely set up a consultation or appointment with a flooring professional and avoid the risk of transmitting COVID-19, start with an online search. Contact the professional through a message and ask to set up a video or phone call to discuss the project. This lets the professional visualize what needs to be done without physically needing to be there. Discuss the project’s timeline, budget, virtual payment capabilities and adherence to guidelines set forth locally and by the CDC.

Can I use digital payments to pay for floor installation, replacement or repairs?

Many local flooring professionals offer digital payments to conduct transactions for floor repairs, installation, replacement and more. This trend has been increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is prompting flooring professionals to take payments through Venmo, Square Cash, PayPal, Google Pay, Zelle and other convenient platforms. 

To ensure you can safely pay for the service, contact the professional beforehand and ask which services are acceptable. Take any measures necessary to comply with guidelines on social distancing.

Do flooring professionals offer remote or virtual services?

Because flooring work has to be done in-person, flooring professionals are typically unable to perform work virtually. If you come across a pro's profile that states they're offering remote services, message the pro to see what those services include.

If you plan to get indoor flooring installed once the pandemic is over, you can ask potential flooring specialists if they host virtual consultations through video calls and digital messaging. Compare flooring professionals in your area online to find the right fit, and book an appointment.

Does a flooring professional need to enter my home?

If the flooring project is located inside your residence, performing the job would require the flooring professional to enter your home. This is not recommended by the CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if a flooring project takes place in a separate location outside of your home, the flooring professional will not need to enter your home. 

Talk to flooring professionals in your area to see if it’s necessary for them to enter your home. If so, you might want to postpone the project until social distancing guidelines are relaxed by the government.

How can I find out if a flooring professional is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a flooring professional is considered an essential service in the current coronavirus pandemic, consult your city or state’s government website. To get a sense of the national recommendations, check CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage

This page lists 16 different infrastructure sectors that are officially considered essential during this time. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. Ultimately, you should consult with your local government. 

How much are oak hardwood floors?

Installing oak hardwood floors can add value and beauty to your home. The cost of hardwood floors is typically based on the overall square footage of your new floor, the type of oak you select, any repair work your subfloor requires prior to installation, and any demolition costs to remove your old flooring. Other factors that will affect your total cost can include the regional cost of labor and business overhead of your flooring company.

A flooring installation company may charge $3 per square foot for standard installation. For hand-scraped (higher-end) ¾-inch oak planks, the cost is approximately $7 per square foot, for a total cost per square foot of about $10 as long as no repair work is required. Standard oak planks are available from big-box stores for as low as $3 per square foot, so the quality of oak you want will affect your total project cost.

Reviews for Des Moines hardwood floor refinishers
Brian M.
Jason did an amazing job refinishing our hardwood floors in the dining room. The wood had been covered with carpet for at least 30 years and the wood itself is 60 years old. I didn’t really know what to expect for an end result. My wife and I are blown away and we like it even more than the new hardwood in our kitchen! Easily 5 stars. Would definitely recommend for any floor work.
Beebe's Hardwood FloorsBeebe's Hardwood Floors
Ben K.
We hired Shepherd’s Home Repair to refinish our hardwood floors back in August of 2019. We noticed the following issues after they finished up, but held off writing a review. The more we thought about it, we started to get a little concerned that maybe these issues will be a sticking point for us reselling our home, so we wanted to leave a review detailing what we noticed. First, I want to say that we like the color of our floors. They were very dark (espresso brown) when we moved in, and we lightened them up significantly to our liking. Overall, that color came out well. During the process, we were out of town for a couple of days and had some issues with communication. We didn’t really know what was going on or if they’d be finished when we got back. The first of the physical issues with the floor starts with the prep work. There are spots on the floor where it looks like the sanding tool stayed too long, so we have visible gouges in some of the boards. Also, in some corners and around some door openings there are spots where it looks like not enough material got removed, so there are very dark spots that stand out. A couple of issues with staining include some locations where it looks like the stain was applied and not cleaned off before it darkened the spot. There are also a half dozen locations where the stain slopped up from the floor onto baseboards, a closet door, and some cabinets. Finally, it appears when two of the quarter round boards were reinstalled they snapped, so we have two locations where you can see the break. We brought up the issue of the stain on the baseboards/door/cabinets, and someone came out with some graffiti remover and tried to clean up the areas, but left quite a bit still on. I sent a message asking about a few of these issues but never heard back. To wrap this long-winded review, we like the color of the floor but think a lot of elements missed the mark.
Shepherd's Home RepairShepherd's Home Repair
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