Cost to refinish hardwood flooring
All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2013
Read about remodeling costs and estimating labor expenses first
How much does it cost to refinish hardwood flooring?
Nearly all types of wood floors with a 1/8” or thicker wearing layer can be refinished that allows to bring a new look to a floor for significantly lower price compare to a replacement option. Cost to refinish hardwood flooring varies from $2.05 to $3.15 per square foot (including stain application), but complex custom work can result in significant price increase.
Estimating labor cost for hardwood floors refinishing
1 All prices in the chart are for standard work excluding any additional fees for moving furniture, floor repair, removing and installation of baseboards and shoe base molding.
2 Cost of labor estimated as a charge per square foot to refinish minimum 650 ft2 of wood floors. All costs are typical fees for completing the whole refinishing process. Smaller projects and performing separate task only will be priced at higher rates.
What is included in the total cost for hardwood floors refinishing?
Normally a flooring contractor will include materials expenses in the total cost for hardwood floor refinishing.
Homeowners, who consider performing hardwood floors refinishing as a do it yourself project should take into account that renting all necessary tools will cost $110 - $160 for one day of work.
Also while refinishing 12’ x 12’ room, prepare to spend extra $80 - $160 on:
What is a minimum charge for wood flooring refinishing?
Small projects won’t be priced as per square foot fee. Cost to refinish single 11’ x 11’ bedroom or 5’ x 7’ hallway alone will be estimated at $400 - $500.
Cost to refinish hardwood on stairs
Typically a hardwood flooring installer will charge $30 - $55 per step to perform refinishing of standard 36” wide stairs. Work on wider, angle or custom build stairs will be priced at significantly higher rates.
What are an extra fees associated with wood floors refinishing?
Preparation and possible hardwood flooring repair work will be quoted separately base on hourly rates which might vary from $35 to $40 per hour. Removing and installation of new baseboards normally cost $1.15 - $2.05 per linear foot depending on project size. Typical fee for shoe base or quarter round molding installation is $0.7 - $1.2 / Ln. Ft.
* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.