Nothing beats timber flooring at home. It evokes a timeless style and natural charm while displaying the hues and grain patterns that are unique to timber.
However, over time your timber floor can start to wear out. Foot traffic, scratches and chips from physical damage, and the effects of moisture and pests can all start to take their toll on even the best quality timber flooring.
The good news is that even seriously worn and damaged timber flooring can be brought back to life.
Timber floor sanding and polishing can completely revitalise an old timber floor. The process involves preparing the floor and carrying out any necessary minor repairs before removing any old finishes or sealants. The timber is then sanded down to its raw state before applying a new finish. This could be a water-based polyurethane finish or an oil-based varnish stain, depending on the look that you are going for.
But before you embark on a DIY floor sanding project or contact a floor restoration pro, it’s worth working out how much it’s going to cost to sand a timber floor. The project cost will depend on a variety of factors including the size and condition of the floor, the type of timber, and your desired finish, among others factors.
So let’s have a closer look at some of the costs associated with sanding a timber floor.
DIY or professional floor sanding
The first decision you will need to make is whether you want to take on the project yourself or bring in a professional floor restoration team. In cost terms, a DIY project will likely be cheaper; however, the risk of damage will be much greater, the project will take longer and the finish probably won’t be as good as the work you can expert from a professional.
If you decide to DIY the job, you will need to hire a floor sander and an edge sander. Floor sanders will generally cost between $50 for a few hours to around $100 for a 24-hour rental. Edge sanders will cost between $30 and $80. This equipment is readily available from most hire companies and many hardware stores.
Other costs for a DIY project will include additional sanding pads and paper for the sanders, dust extraction bags (if they’re not included in the sander hire price), floor polish or stain, application equipment, dust masks and protective goggles.
If you want to hire a professional team to deal with your floors, you’ll be looking at around $20 to $30 per square metre for basic floor sanding, or $40 to $60 per square metre for high-end sanding and polishing.
Obviously, the size of the floor to be sanded will significantly affect the cost of the job, since these projects are generally priced by the square metre.
Of course, these costs are only indicative and should be used as a guide. Costs will vary depending on the provider’s quote, market forces and professional assessment of the project.
The Condition of the Floor
The condition of the floor can also affect the cost of a sanding project. Before floors can be sanded, the floor will need to be prepared. This includes ensuring there are no raised nails or fixings that could damage the sander, securing loose floorboards and even replacing sections of the floor that may be beyond sanding.
The complexity and level of work required will add to the cost of the sanding. Floor repairs can cost between $8 and $30 per square metre, depending on the work required and the type of flooring being repaired.
The Type of Timber Floor
There are many different types of timber flooring including hardwood, bamboo, cork and patterned flooring like parquet floors. The type of flooring you have can affect the cost of the sanding project.
Parquet floors, for example, are made up of blocks of different types of wood with different densities. This can make sanding more difficult, and floor restoration teams can often charge a premium for this service.
The costs associated here are difficult to estimate and will generally depend on a quote from your flooring company.
Your Chosen Polish & Finish
If you’re going for a full sanding and finishing project, then you will need to factor in the cost of the floor polish and finish. The three main floor finishes are:
- Solvent-based polyurethane
- Water-based polyurethane
- Oil-based varnishes
The type of finish you opt for and the gloss level you want may also affect the cost of the project, with high-quality varnishes and floor stains generally being the most expensive option.
Shop Around & Get Quotes
Most floor sanding and polishing companies will offer pretty simple cost breakdowns based on a per square metre pricing structure. However, every project will be different and the final cost could be significantly more than the per square metre estimate, depending on factors mentioned above. It’s worth shopping around and getting a range of quotes before settling on a floor restoration team.
Besides asking for quotes, ask to see some of their recently completed projects to get a sense of their workmanship. It’s worth bearing in mind that going for the cheapest option might not always be in your best interest. A poor quality finish could leave your floors looking rubbish or, worse still, leave you with a bill for further repairs. Working with floor and sanding professionals may cost you a little more, but you will end up with great looking floors that will stand the test of time.