There are very few household projects that can't be done as a DIY project with a little preparation and good research. Some things, however, are best left to the professionals. If your hardwood flooring is looking a bit ragged, you're probably starting to consider having them re-sanded. Like any savvy homeowner faced with a home improvement project, you're probably wondering if you can just rent the equipment and do it yourself. The simple answer is, yes, you can.

However, that's the answer to the wrong question. You should be asking if you should re-sand your floors yourself. The answer to that question is equally simple: No! You should definitely not sand your floors by yourself and here's why.

It's Not Nearly as Easy as it Looks

Watching professionals sand a floor in an instructional video, you might think it's just a matter of running a big machine over your floors, and then slapping some finish down. The truth is, there is a lot going on with the operation of that machine that can't be understood by watching. The operation of drum sanders and other refinishing power tools requires a certain level of finesse that can't be learned by watching, only through doing.

Add to that the fact that even a simple mistake, such as pausing a little too long in one spot, could mean irrevocable harm to your floors that can only be fixed by replacement. You'll end up paying more by far to replace your floors, than you would to a wood floor refinishing service.


Would you rather explain to your spouse that you messed up the flooring project, and will have to pay a hefty sum from your wallet, or that the wood floor refinishing service did a bad job, and will have to pay out of theirs?

Would you rather explain that you need a ride to the hospital and will have to pay the medical bills, or that a workman was injured on the job and worker's compensation insurance will cover the bills? These are pretty much the choices you are making when you decide to do your floors yourself.

By hiring a third party to perform your wood floor refinishing project, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that any problems with workmanship or work-related injuries will be covered by insurance, not by you.

Is Your Hardwood Floor Ready for Refinishing?

If you think it might be time to give your hardwood floors a new look, or a bit of sprucing up, Delair's Carpet Barn is here to help! Our team of veteran refinishers has all the tools and expertise to get your floors looking like new in no time. Simply call, email, or stop by our showroom in East Montpelier, VT, to arrange for your free consultation and estimate!