To DIY or Not to DIY: Unveiling the Pros and Cons of Hardwood Refinishing

Are you contemplating the revitalization of your worn-out hardwood floors? The decision to refinish them brings you face-to-face with a crucial question: should you tackle the project yourself or entrust it to seasoned experts? To DIY or not to DIY…

While the allure of saving money and experiencing a sense of accomplishment may entice you towards a do-it-yourself approach, it’s essential to weigh the potential drawbacks. You also want to consider the advantages that expert assistance brings to the table. So join us as we peel back the layers and help you navigate the path to stunning hardwood floors.

The Pros & Cons – DIY vs. Expert 

Hardwood refinishing is a complex process that requires skill, experience, and the right tools and equipment. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, weigh each option’s pros and cons.


Considering these pros and cons carefully before deciding whether to pursue a DIY approach for your hardwood flooring project is important. Assess your skills, available time, and budget to make an informed choice that aligns with your goals and capabilities.


  1. Cost: Doing the job yourself can save you significant money, as you won’t have to pay for labor costs.
  2. Control: You have complete control over the project, from the choice of products to the finishing touches.
  3. Satisfaction: Finishing the job can give you a sense of accomplishment and pride.

  1. Skill level: Refinishing hardwood floors requires specific tools and skills that a novice DIYer may not possess.
  2. Time: It can be time-consuming; it can take longer than expected if you need to be more skilled at it.
  3. Mistakes: There’s a greater risk of making mistakes or causing damage to your floors. Especially if you don’t have experience in hardwood refinishing.
To Not DIY

Consider these pros and cons when hiring professionals for your hardwood flooring project. Evaluate your budget, time constraints, desired quality, and personal preferences to make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and priorities.


  1. Experience: Professional refinishing contractors have the expertise, tools, and equipment to do the job efficiently and precisely.
  2. Time-saving: Experts can complete the job faster than a novice. A DIYer may need to invest more time in the project.
  3. Quality: Professionals are experienced in applying the finish evenly and can ensure a more durable and long-lasting finish.

  1. Cost: Hiring a professional can be expensive, as you’ll have to pay for the labor and materials.
  2. Trust: You’ll have to trust that the contractor will do the job satisfactorily and won’t damage your floors.
  3. Lack of control: You’ll have to work within the parameters set by the professional, limiting your control over the project.

Professional Expert Process

As experts in hardwood refinishing, Elite Hardwood Flooring knows the process involves several steps to achieve a beautiful, long-lasting finish. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect when you hire a professional to refinish your hardwood floors:

  1. Inspection and Preparation: The contractor will check for damaged or weak areas. They will repair any loose or squeaky boards.
  2. Dustless-Sanding: Not every expert offers this, but you should go with a professional that has dustless-sanding. This allows easy, mess-free refinishing of your hardwood floors.
  3. Staining (optional): If you want to change the color of your hardwood floors, the contractor will apply a stain to the sanded feet. They will use a color that matches your preferences and complements your home’s interior design.
  4. Applying the Finish: Once the stain has dried, the contractor will apply a protective finish to your hardwood floors. There are several types of finishes. Many professionals will help you select the best finish for your floors based on your preferences and the level of traffic in your home.
  5. Buffing and Coating: After the first coat of finish has dried, the contractor will buff the floors to remove imperfections and ensure a smooth surface. They will then apply additional coats of finish, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
  6. Cleaning and Maintenance: The contractor will clean the floors and remove dust or debris once the final finish coat has dried. They will also provide instructions for maintaining your newly refinished floors, including cleansing tips and avoiding scratches.

Elite Hardwood Floors Can Help You!

When you hire an expert to refinish your hardwood floors, you can be confident that the job will be done right, and you’ll have beautiful, durable floors that will last for many years.

We are locally owned and operated in Maryland and can help with every stage of your flooring project, from design to installation. We are locally owned and work in Maryland and can help with every step of your flooring project, from design to installation. Feel free to contact us for honest consultation and advice, whatever you decide.