Hardwood Floors Need a Little TLC? A Re-Coat is Just the Thing
Your hardwood floors take a lot of abuse. High heels, shuffling feet, dog nails, cat claws, kids sliding across them in cardboard boxes—you name it, your floors have probably suffered it. Over time, even normal wear can leave your floors looking dull and in need of some serious love.
Sure, you can have your floors sanded down and refinished, but it many cases, that would be like treating the common cold with invasive surgery. It’s a time-consuming and messy project, and it can get very expensive. At Wakefield Hardwood Floors, we’ve encountered countless clients who are fully prepared to have their worn-looking floors sanded and refinished. We’re always happy to tell them that there are far less-expensive and less-intrusive ways to restore their floor’s original luster. Enter the screen and re-coat, the hardwood floor industry’s best-kept secret and one of our specialties.
What is a Screen & Re-coat?
A screen and re-coat, also known as a buff and coat, is the process of laying down a topcoat of low-VOC, water-based polyurethane over the existing coat to make your floors glow again. But a new coat of polyurethane generally won’t stick to the existing coat without roughing it up a little, and that’s where the screen or buffer comes in. The screen is a piece of mesh material that’s embedded with abrasive particles, kind of like sandpaper, only far less aggressive. The screening process removes only a fraction of the existing topcoat—just enough to texture it so that the new polyurethane will bond to it strongly and seamlessly.