We are constantly asked this question by clients so we figured why not help the rest of the community that researches for some form of an answer.
The sad truth, there is no singular solution that will fits all hardwood floor refinishing. There are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration and will will discuss them in this post along with our recommended solution(s).
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Each floor type needs to be handled differently. Wide plank flooring that has large gapping would not be treated the same as an unfinished oak 3.25″ flooring installed properly (no gapping and nailed 4-8″ apart). The same applies to factory finish (AKA prefinished) flooring which top coatings can vary. Hardwood vs soft wood and the finished look you are hoping to achieve are all things that will need to be taken into consideration for your hardwood refinishing project.