Unsurprisingly, one of the most common questions we’re asked about wood floor refinishing pertains to the length of time for the whole process. Knowing how long it will take allows homeowners to plan everything ahead, perhaps even opting to get their planks redone before moving into their new place. In other cases, people may choose to simply postpone this type of project, since it can take a few days before being able to use the room or house again.
In the end, drying time all comes down to which polyurethane you use, oil-based or water-based. To give you a better understanding of the ins and outs of hiring a wood floor refinishing service, our Delair’s Carpet Barn showroom professionals in East Montpelier, Vermont, have come up with this helpful guide.
Typically, with an oiled based polyurethane, you’re looking at about 3-5 days to complete the project, minus drying time. It does, however, depend upon several factors including whether or not you’re using a stain, how dark it is if you are using one, the number of coats applied, and the humidity in the area.
For instance, if no stain is applied because you’ve decided to go natural, and assuming you’re opting for 3 coats of polyurethane, then you’re looking at about 24 hours of drying time per coat, with work done in dry weather. On the other hand, if you choose a dark stain, the drying time will increase to about 36-48 hours per coat. As such, you’re looking at about 6 days before being able to move everything back into the room, in the event that you pick a dark shade.
The main advantage to using water-based polyurethane is quicker drying time. So, if you’re in a bit of a time crunch with your project, you may want to consider asking your floor refinishing service team about water-based polyurethane. With this option, you’re looking at about 48 hours total of drying time, taking into account that each coat added ends up needing about 2-4 hours to dry completely. Usually, you can start moving in furniture after 24 hours, though it’s always a smart idea to talk to the experts before doing so.