What Does it Mean to Screen and Recoat a floor?
Screening and recoating your hardwood floors is a common maintenance procedure for your floor. Homeowners often wonder “How Much Does it Cost to Screen and Recoat Hardwood Floors?” and in this article, we provide an idea for what you can expect to pay.
There are two types of a Screen and Recoat
As a maintenance process, the service involves abrading the current finish without removing it or screening down to the wood. It’s a great maintenance process for reviving your wood floors and insuring they remain consistently protected. However, it cannot remove deep scratches or stains, or color flaws. This service is ideally for floors that only have surface scratches and/or have lost their luster due to becoming dull from incorrect maintenance cleaning.
As a refinishing process, the service involves removing most of your existing failed finish down to the wood and applying a new finish to the floors. As a refinishing service, it’s ideally for homeowners who don’t have the budget for full refinishing service but want to prevent further damage by getting a new finish applied.
Depending on which type of screen and recoat you need will determine what topcoat will be used.
Do I Need a Screen and Recoat?
If you have hardwood floors or engineered hardwood floors and haven’t had them professional maintenance in several years, then the chances are you might need a professional to evaluate them. They are probably in dire need of maintenance whether they need a good deep scrub and buff, screen and recoat, refinishing, or restoration. Refinishing hardwood floors does not generally involve sanding. Rather, it involves screening the wood topcoat with an industrial floor buffer. This process abrades the wood finish surface and makes the coating adhere more efficiently. It is not recommended for restaining your floors. Refinishing is necessary if you want a new color or stain on your floors. The screen and recoat process removes the surface scratching from the existing finish and adds shine and luster to your floors.
A screen and recoat process provides a new sheen and protects your hardwood floors. A screen and recoat process is performed to remove minor scuffs and scratches. It’s doesn’t cost as much as sanding and refinishing.
So What Does it Cost?
A professional screen and recoat process will cost anywhere from $1.50 to $2 per square foot. The process is less expensive than a full refinishing job, or restoration, which involves sanding, removing scuffs, and refinishing a floor. Screening and recoating hardwood floors is an important process that will give your floors extra sheen and protect them from damage. If you have questions about a Screen and Recoat, contact Keystone Hardwood Floor Care, Inc.
A recoat isn’t nearly as costly and it’s a cost affordable option over replacing your hardwood floors. Refinishing your floors is an excellent option for a new color and is much cheaper than buying new hardwood. During the screening and recoat process, the flooring professional applies a fresh coat of polyurethane.
When it comes to refinishing hardwood floors, screening and recoating are the two most common options. This procedure is best suited for hardwood floors that are not damaged but have become dull over time. Recoating cannot fix a damaged floor, and will not help you. A recoat will not help if the floor is already damaged. The damage will be visible through the new coat of finish. A recoat will not improve the condition of your flooring.
How Long Does it Take for a Screen and Recoat?
How long a screen and recoat may take entirely depends on the total square footage being serviced. It can take as little as 4 hours or a whole day. The topcoat will be dry to the touch in as little as a few hours, depending on the product used, but generally takes 24 to 48 hours to cure. So even though you will be able to walk on the floors in a few hours, it is highly recommended to proceed with caution and not allow any significant traffic on them. It is advisable not to move furniture or appliances until after they have fully cured.
Difference Between A Screen and Recoat and Hardwood Floor Refinishing
A screen and recoat don’t sand down to the wood. Rather a screening is not as aggressive as sandpaper and will only abrade the existing finish so that a new topcoat can be applied. However, hardwood floor refinishing can be more aggressive and often requires sanding down to the stain and beyond before applying a new topcoat.