Buffing Hardwood Floors to Ensure Their Beauty
A+ Hardwood Floors provides professional screen and recoat services to home and business owners throughout Denver, CO and the surrounding areas. In addition to screen and recoat services, we offer a wide range of flooring services, including custom flooring installation, hardwood floor repairs, hardwood floor refinishing, wood floor maintenance, and eco-friendly flooring and finishes. If you need hardwood refinishing, you can count on our expert team to get the job done the right way the first time. We have more than 25 years of experience, so it’s safe to say we’ve seen it all. We want our clients to love their wood flooring, and we understand the importance of protecting your investment.
What is a Screen & Recoat?
When you screen and recoat hardwood floors, what’s happening is that an existing coat of polyurethane is being spruced up by having a topcoat applied. Screen and recoat – also sometimes called buff and coat because the screen is often moved across the floor by a buffer – is highly important for maintaining one’s hardwood floors because polyurethane is considered a protective sacrificial coat. When you buff and coat hardwood floors, you ensure they will be well protected.
Benefits of Screen & Recoat
A screen and recoat can offer home and business owners a wide range of benefits with hardwood flooring. A screen and recoat can save you money, labor, and time throughout the lifespan of your hardwood flooring. It also adds a new luster to your hardwood floors while increasing the friction performance characteristics of the floor, which makes it safer to use.
How Long Does a Screen & Recoat Last?
Typically, a screen and recoat will last a couple of years before another one will be needed. Over time, the finish atop your hardwood flooring will slowly be removed by friction caused by day-to-day living. The top layer of your flooring will thin, as is natural for it to do, but you don’t want to let the protective coating deteriorate for too long, otherwise, it can cause damage that can only be remedied by sand and refinishing. So, before your protective coat has grown too thin, usually a few years, screen and recoat it.
Screen & Recoat Vs. Sand & Refinishing
The primary difference between a screen and recoat and a sand and refinishing is the work involved. There is more labor involved in a sand and refinishing project, as multiple steps are involved. A sand and refinishing involves sandpaper, which aids in the removal of the existing finish. This helps to expose the raw hardwood. When it comes to a screen and recoat, there is far less labor involved, and there is a different process, which will yield different results. During a screen and recoat, only the top layer of polyurethane will be removed. A screen and recoat is much less abrasive than a sand and refinishing as it does not involve sandpaper. A screen and recoat will also not sand down to the raw hardwood.
When is a Screen & Recoat Not Applicable?
There are three different types of situations that may render a screen and recoat service unnecessary. In some of these situations, it may be more beneficial to opt for hardwood floor refinishing, which may include sanding hardwood floors. Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors is a great alternative when screen and recoat services maybe aren’t the best choice for protecting your floors. Below, we’ve gone into detail about some of the types of situations where a screen and recoat is not applicable:
- If your hardwood flooring has been finished with waxes or maintained with silicon cleaners or oil soaps, a screen and recoat will not be applicable. This is because a fresh coat of polyurethane will not adhere to them.
- When dealing with hard finishes like aluminum oxide, screen and recoat will not be an option. This is because these types of coatings don’t bond well enough to mechanical screening.
- If your flooring is not solid hardwood flooring, it will not require screen and recoat. The flooring types that will not require screen and recoat services include engineered floors, laminate floors, and vinyl floors. These flooring types do not have enough wear layers to screen and recoat.
Contact Us Today for a Screen & Recoat
Are you looking for an expert team that can render your Denver, CO property’s hardwood flooring with professional-grade screen and recoat services? Look no further than A+ Hardwood Floors. With more than 25 years of industry experience, you can rely on us to provide you with top-quality products and services. We have vast experience and the expertise needed to provide you with screen and recoat services. Check out our reviews and contact us today for more information.