One of the best things about owning hardwood floors that you can refinish them to give any room a completely new look. A new stain on your floor will dramatically change the look of the whole room. But, there are a few things to consider before you refinish your hardwood. Here are two questions to ask yourself before you start to refinish your own hardwood:

Do I Have Solid or Layered Hardwood?

This is probably the most important question to ask yourself. If your hardwood has a layered construction, you might not be able to refinish it. Refinishing requires that you sand off the top layer of stain. This inevitably diminishes the top layer of wood. Certain layered hardwoods just have a thin veneer of hardwood on top. You run the risk of sanding through this thin layer and exposing the ugly, composite floor beneath. If this happens, you are going to have a major headache on your hand. Hopefully, you'll have some spare boards or you will remember the exact product that was installed. Otherwise, you might be able to get a peek at your hardwood near an edge to see if it is layered or solid. If you do have layered hardwood, it probably shouldn't be refinished. You might be able to find professionals who can do it, but it can be risky.

Should I Sand With Handheld or Drum Sanders?

Next, you have to ask yourself whether you are going to sand off your existing finish using a handheld power sander or a standup drum sander. You can rent all of these tools at home improvement stores, but your approach will be different depending on which you use. If you have a few people willing to help you on the job, handheld sanders might be quicker. However, if you are trying to do all of the sanding yourself, a standup drum sander will make your job a lot easier. Also, a stand-up sander is large, heavy, awkward to carry and operate. Basically, you need to be strong enough to handle using a drum sander. Both approaches will yield similar results. Using a handheld sander is probably cheaper, especially if you already own them. Depending on how many people you have to help, one might be quicker than the other.

Sanding your floor is just one part of this great DIY project. Staining is definitely more time-consuming, but it is not as tiring. Looking to refinish cabinetry? Contact a contractor that specializes in cabinetry in your area!