One of the greatest surprises a new home buyer can ever experience is to find some beautiful, decades-old, antique or distressed wood underneath the existing floor.

... And one of the biggest mistakes of the home buyer, is to ruin its integrity by seeing refinishing as a DIY project, and not hiring a professional service.

A hardwood surface can look better and better as it ages. Sometimes the floor can even go back to the 1800s, and often all it needs is a good refinishing to bring it up to its original glory.

Delair’s is the Central Vermont expert on the subject. The company also has a large inventory that includes carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl (both luxury and sheet) and waterproof flooring.

Here are some reasons to hire a pro
●The indoor ground seems awfully rough: Remember that scene in the television show “Friends” where Joey ended up with peanut butter in his hair? When asked why, he responded that he took the blender apart, but then couldn’t figure out where a certain part went, so “I asked myself, how important can it be? Turns out, very,” he said.

That’s the same when it comes to refinishing your wood. It’s important that the timing between the polyurethane coats be just right. The floor always needs to be dry and buffed between coats. So, you might get impatient and ask yourself, “Is this really necessary?” The answer is “Yes.”
●You don’t want to end up with stop and start marks and holes: Professional sanders are heavy! They’re also fast. Keep it in one spot for even just a minute, blink, and you’ve just created a big mess. The pros use these machines every day, you don’t, so they’re familiar with its “ebb and flow.”

By the way, while you can rent a machine from the hardware store, know that they’re about 50 percent of the weight and strength of a professional one, so it won’t be satisfactory.
●Uneven staining: Here’s what we mean. If the sanding is inconsistent, every wood plank will look a little different in the final refinishing, and that affects how the stain will look on the floor.

Do yourself a favor and hire a professional service.

Still have questions? Come into the Delair’s Carpet Barn showroom in East Montpelier, Vermont, to talk to one of our pros.