DIY Floor Sanding Projects And The Mess That Ensues
While DIY projects are increasing in popularity, one of the home renovation jobs where things quickly turn out bad is floor sanding. There is just so much work involved, and numerous factors that come into play, that DIYers often make mistakes, which end up being costly. Without the requisite skills and machinery needed for the task, things can quickly get out of hand, and it usually results in the DIYer throwing in the towel and calling in the professionals to come and fix the damage made and complete the restoration project. It’s also rare to find the individual willing to do this a second time. Not only are the individual mistakes costly, but it is also a time-consuming job, and one that you really sweat your way through. Here are seasons why DIY floor sanding and refinishing is more trouble than it’s worth:
- The result won’t be as picturesque as intended
There’ll be a stark difference between a job done by a professional, and that done by A DIYer. Sanding alone is a skill that one can’t simply pick up on after watching a video or reading up on a blog. Contractors themselves take months to refine their skills, and have built on their experience for years. What’s more, the pros have access to high-capacity machinery that packs a greater punch compared to the sanders that are available for rent and the local dealerships. Moreover, there are different machines needed for the various parts of the sanding job. Note that the goal is to wind up with a uniform surface that is ready to bond with the finish coats applied. One of the mistakes that DIYers make is failing to sufficiently remove the old finish. Those traces that remain behind will interfere with the bonding of the new treatments with the wood, leading to unsightly results. Without the new wood stain penetrating evenly into the floor, it ends up looking blotchy. Imperfections, from chatter marks to those minor scratches and dips on the surface will also be highlighted with the finish coats are applied later on. To remove these blemishes, another round of floor sanding will be required.
- Weak finish
If the restoration project is not got right at the onset with the floor sanding, and the wood stain and lacquers fail to adhere properly with the floor, then the coats applied won’t last for long. Typically, a properly finished floor can last for around seven years before another sanding and refinishing is required. With a weaker finish, this time can be halved.
- Takes a longer time
The professional floor sanding companies have the skillset, crew, and machinery needed for the task. With the industrial-capacity machinery, the process can get done in a fraction of the time that it would take a DIY project. Note that the longer that the project takes, the greater the inconvenience since the floor will be out of commission all through. What’s more, if you’re renting the floor sanding equipment and are being charged by the day, the extra time that is taken ends up costing you more.
- Way messier
Dust is a big concern during floor sanding. The sanders with dust bags that are available for rent still allow loads of dust to escape into the indoor environment. These particles cover the walls, countertops, get into the cabinets and closets, coat the electronics, and even get into the sinks. The fine dust particles remain lingering in the airspace for long, and if they get into the ducts and vents, they can be recirculated in the home for weeks. The dust makes for a very taxiing clean up job – which will need to be completed even before the rest of the finish coats are applied. This is because if the dust is trapped by the wet coats, it will ruin the results of the job. All this, added to the actual work of the restoration project can put a strain on you. On the other hand, the professionals work with dustless floor sanding systems, where both the coarse and fine dust particles that are grinded from the floor are suctioned up using powerful vacuums that are attached to the sanders, and then directed off into containment units. The dust is held in here awaiting disposal, and the process is so effective that 99% of the dust can be safely captured, reducing the amount of work involved with the clean-up.
Pound for pound, the DIY floor sanding job can end up being more costly than hiring the professionals. For starters, different sets of equipment will need to be rented – like the drum sander, radial sander, orbital sander, a buffer and edger. Sanding disks are needed as well, in addition to safety gear like masks or respirators, work gloves, protective shoes, safety googles, plus the equipment that will be used to apply the wood stain and finish coats. Adding this up can drive the costs high – and that is assuming that there won’t be any blinders made during the process, which will need to be fixed later on at a cost. What of your time? Certainly, it is valuable – yet the DIY floor restoration job can end up taking days, time what would have been spent on other activities that you actually enjoy. Why go through the hustle? Call in the pros to get the job done right from the word go. That way, you get to have peace of mind, while ending up with the results you desire.
Sure, times are hard and budgets are tight. It’s perfectly understandable why one may flirt with the idea of a DIY floor sanding project. However, this is one of the projects that is quite hard to pull off, and it saves little money in the process. What’s more, in case of any blunders during the process, you end up having to fork out far much more money to have the issue resolved. The risks greatly outweigh the benefits.