What Does a Screen and Recoat Service Mean?
The process of screening and recoating hardwood floors can help to restore the luster and beauty of your floors. Some floor contractors call this service a “Buff and Recoat”. This process can also help to protect your floors from wear and tear, and it is a cost-effective way to keep them looking fresh and renewed. Homeowners often wonder, “How much does it cost to screen and recoat hardwood floors?” This article provides a general idea of what you can expect to pay.
So What Does it Cost?
It is estimated that a professional screen and recoat service will cost between $1.50 and $2.50 per square foot. It is important to note that the cost of screening and recoating hardwood floors will vary depending on the services offered in your area.
Compared with a full refinishing service that involves sanding and refinishing a floor, this process takes much less time.
This service should not be confused with sanding and refinishing wood floors. Screening hardwood floors is not as aggressive as sanding them. As its name implies, screening is the process of abrading the surface with an industrial mesh screen in order to bond new polyurethane to it. It will not remove any defects in the floor. We do not recommend this service as a substitute for sanding and refinishing floors.
Screening Wood Floors vs Sanding – Not the Same
As a maintenance process, the service involves abrading the existing finish but will not remove it as sanding would. It’s a great maintenance process for reviving wood floors and ensuring they remain consistently renewed and protected. Screening hardwood floors isn’t nearly as aggressive as sanding them. A fair way to think about it is that screening doesn’t have the grit that sandpaper has, and as such it can’t cut down wood surfaces the same way. Whereas sandpaper is designed to remove more material with each subsequent pass, a screen is designed to ride on the surface with less than 10% of the cutting power.
The screening service is ideal for floors with only light surface scratches in the topcoat or lost luster due to residue and dirt build-up. It’s also idea for floors where the existing protective coating is starting to become thin. So screening is not the same as sanding.
As a topcoat application service, the process involves screening wood floors with little to no protective layer left. One thing we don’t like to do is leave a homeowner without protection on exposed bare wood floors. As a last resort, we may provide this service for homeowners who don’t have the budget for full sand and refinish services but need a protective coat applied.
Unfortunately, our topcoat application service is not suitable for all wood floors. We are unable to provide this service for floors that have wax, acrylic, oils, or other contaminant residues present. Murray’s Soap Oil, Mop and Glo, Orange Glo, waxes, or acrylic-based polishers cannot be removed by screening alone, and as such, polyurethane will not bond properly. The floors will need completely sanded to remove all contaminates.
It must be noted that a screen and recoat as a topcoat application service does not remove scratches, blemishes, stains, existing finish, or any damages.
Do You Need a Screen and Recoat?
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the type of hardwood flooring, the age of the floor, foot traffic, and the amount of care and maintenance the floor has received in recent years. Generally, most hardwood floors will benefit from a professional screen and recoat service every three to five years.
A screen and recoat service is more than likely required if your floors have not been professionally serviced in the last five years.
It is always advisable to consult with one of our flooring specialists if you are unsure whether or not your hardwood floor would benefit from a professional screen and recoat service. Based on your specific requirements, we will be able to assess your situation and make a recommendation.
The screen and recoat process enhances the appearance of hardwood floors, protects them from damage, and renews their protective topcoat. Contact Keystone Hardwood Floor Care for more information about our Screen and Recoat service.
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 top coat will be dry to the touch in as little as a few hours, depending on the product used, but generally takes 5 days to fully cure. So even though you can walk on the floors in a few hours wearing socks, it is highly recommended to use caution and not allow any significant traffic on them until after 3 days. It is advisable not to move furniture or appliances until after they have fully cured.
Why is a Wood Floor Protective Coat Important?
There are many reasons why hardwood floors require a protective layer coating.
- It provides an additional layer of protection against scratches, dirt, and spills.
- It helps prevent staining and fading.
- It can protect the floor from damage caused by moisture.
- Proper protection will help extend the life of the hardwood floor.
- It helps protect it from wear and tear.
- The coating may also prevent sunlight from bleaching the floor.
- As a result of the finish, hardwood floors are more likely to maintain a pleasing appearance.
Think of a hardwood floor’s protective coating like a thin layer of plastic covering the floor. It’s that thin layer that takes on the daily friction from foot traffic and protects it from the elements. That is exactly why it’s important to maintain the coating by having a new application applied every 3 to 5 years. Your floors will thank you.