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Can an Engineered Wood Floor be Refinished?

Can I refinish my engineered floor?

Yes, in most cases.  If you are considering buying an engineered floor, dont hesitate on this question.  Make sure you buy an American product, and look for a recognizable brand with a high quality finish.   

What is the difference between Solid and Engineered?

Simply put, a solid wood floor is cut from a tree and milled into the desired width and length, but is a standard 3/4" thick.  An engineered wood floor is cut from a tree or peeled off the tree, then it is applied to other layers of wood to form a more stable product. Engineered floors come in varying thicknesses.

Pros and Cons of Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring:

  1. Solid wood can be sanded and refinished multiple times. Not all Engineered floors can be re-sanded. Most engineered woods will tolerate a topical maintenance coat easily.
  2. Solid wood is more susceptible to gapping in Colorado. Engineered wood does better in our dry climate.
  3. Engineered wood is more environmentally friendly as it is a more efficient use of harvested trees.
  4. Solid wood can only be nailed down to wood sub-floors. An engineered can be installed in basements, and other concrete slab sub-floors.

Sand and Finish or Maintenance Coat?

When most people ask about sanding and finishing their wood floor, they only need the a re-finish, or maintenance coat applied. This finish is less expensive, and fixes the wear and tear on the finish of the wood, but does not address the faded stains or deep gouges in the wood.

Will it void my warranty?

Yes. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Once your floor has been re-finished, you have a brand new hardwood floor. Enjoy it.

Is the new finish as good as the original?

A manufacturer can put on the best finish possible in a controlled environment. Our installers provide the next best thing, but it is just that. Although we strive toward a perfect floor, the reality is often just short of the goal.




As with any floor, a proper install from a reliable installer is key to ensuring longevity in your wood. 

Polyurethane Finish

Polyurethane is the standard finish on wood floors, but how it is mixed with Aluminum oxide is how strong of a finish it is.