Screen And Recoat Process In Hardwood Floor Refinishing

At our company, we specialize in hardwood floor refinishing in Philadelphia, and one of the methods we use to rejuvenate your floors is the screen and recoat process.

What is the Screen and Recoat Process?

The screen and recoat process is a cost-effective method of revitalizing your hardwood floors without completely sanding them down to the bare wood. It involves lightly abrading the top layer of your floor’s finish with a screen or mesh pad, followed by applying a fresh coat of finish. This process helps to remove surface scratches, scuffs, and minor imperfections while renewing the protective layer on your hardwood floors.

After screening the floors, we apply a fresh coat of polyurethane finish to seal and protect them. The new finish will enhance the color and grain of your wood, as well as add a layer of durability and shine. Depending on your preference, you can choose from different gloss levels, such as matte, satin, semi-gloss, or high-gloss.

The screen and recoat process is ideal for hardwood floors that are in good condition but need a touch-up. It can make your floors look new again without changing their color or removing any wood. It can also extend the life of your floors by postponing the need for a full sanding and refinishing.

Why Screen and Recoat?

There are a few key reasons this is the best option for many Philadelphia homes:

  • Less dust and mess – The screen and recoat process does not produce as much dust or noise as sanding machines do. We use a dustless system that captures most of the dust generated by the screening process. We also use low-odor water-based finishes that dry quickly and do not emit harmful fumes.
  • Restoring the shine of hardwood – Over time, hardwood floors can lose their shine due to wear and tear. The screen and recoat process can bring back the original luster of your floors, making them look vibrant and new again.
  • Quicker process – Unlike a full refinishing, which can take several days to complete, the screen and recoat process can often be finished in just one day. We understand that your time is valuable, and we strive to minimize any inconvenience during the refinishing process.
  • Lower cost – Compared to a full refinishing, the screen and recoat process is a more affordable option. The cost for only screening and recoating hardwood floor can be anywhere between $3.5 and $6.5 per square foot. By avoiding the need to completely strip the existing finish and sand the wood, you can save both time and money. Our goal is to provide you with high-quality services that fit within your budget, and the screen and recoat process is an excellent choice for achieving this.
  • Preserving hardwood – The screen and recoat process only removes a thin layer of finish from your floors, leaving the wood intact. Sanding machines can remove up to 1/16 inch of wood per pass, which can reduce the thickness and stability of your floors over time.

When Is Screening The Best Option?

Screening and recoating is ideal for hardwood floors that are in good condition but looking a little lackluster. It restores the luster and protects the wood. Specifically, it’s the best option when:

  • The floors have minor scratches and scuffs, but no deep gouges.
  • There are small areas of wear but no large damaged sections.
  • You want to update the color or sheen of the finish.
  • The existing finish still has good adhesion.

If the floors are deeply gouged, have patches of raw wood exposed, or the finish is peeling up, then sanding may be required. Our team of experts carefully inspects each floor to determine if screening is appropriate or if more aggressive refinishing is needed.

How Do We Perform Screening Of Hardwood?

We use a specialized machine equipped with a screen or a sanding screen to lightly abrade the existing finish. The screen we use is a mesh-like material that gently scuffs the surface, removing any imperfections without significantly altering the wood underneath. This process helps to eliminate scratches, scuff marks, and other minor damages, preparing the floor for the recoating stage.

After abrading the existing finish, we thoroughly vacuum the floor to remove any dust or debris generated during the previous step. This step is crucial to ensure a smooth and flawless application of the new finish. Additionally, we perform a final cleaning of the floor, using appropriate cleaning agents to remove any remaining residue or contaminants.

Once the surface is clean and free from debris, we move on to applying the new finish. Depending on your preferences and the condition of your hardwood floors, we offer a variety of finish options, such as water-based or oil-based finishes. Our experienced hardwood refinishing experts in Philadelphia carefully apply the chosen finish using appropriate tools, ensuring an even and consistent coat. This step rejuvenates your hardwood floors, giving them a fresh and glossy appearance.

Why Choose Our Screen and Recoat Services?

When it comes to looking for the best hardwood floor refinishing services in Philadelphia, you can trust our highly experienced technicians to provide outstanding results. Here are some key reasons to choose us for your screening and recoating needs:

  • We are wood flooring specialists with extensive training and expertise in hardwood floor renewal.
  • Our Bona brand polyurethane finishes are top-of-the-line products made specifically for hardwood floors. This ensures long-lasting protection and beauty.
  • We take great care to protect your home and belongings through the process. Drop cloths, dust containment, and furniture replacement are all standard.
  • Our pricing is very competitive for the premium quality service we provide.
  • Our skilled team works efficiently to minimize disturbance to your home and family.
  • We are licensed, bonded, and insured for your peace of mind.
  • Our workmanship and products are guaranteed to provide lasting results.

Don’t let your hardwood floors lose their beauty and value. Call us today or visit Hardwoodrefinishphiladelphia to schedule your free estimate and get started on your screen and recoat project. You’ll be amazed by the difference we can make on your floors.