Screen and Re-coat Hardwood Floors


Ready to give the floor a refreshing look? Seek no further, the screen and re-coat process can revitalize worn or dull hardwood floor finishes. In addition, it provides an option of changing level of the finish.

 

Ever wondered how it’s done? This process is sometimes referred to as “buff and re-coat” since a buffer is used instead of a drum sander machine.  The crew-members use a buffer pad, to remove scuffs made on the finishing coat, by moving it slowly in a back and forth pattern across the surface. Once the first coat is screened, then it’s vacuumed thoroughly to smooth the surface. It’s crucial for the floor to be completely smooth and free of any contaminant, so the new coat of water-based or oil-based polyurethane can adhere to the old one that was just screened.

 

As mentioned in the previous blog, polyurethane are finishes that are meant to protect floors from everyday living.  Just because it’s meant to protect the hardwood floor, doesn’t mean it will last lifetime. Over time, the finish gets thinner and more scratches or dents become noticeable, especially when it’s deep enough to expose bare wood.  But before it gets to this damaging point (which often requires sanding), it’s recommended to screen and recoat the floor once it turns dull or light scratches start to show.  This will postpone a need to refinish (sand) the floors, which generates a higher cost for both labor and material as compared to screen and re-coat.

 

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