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If your timber floors are looking a little dull, timber floor sanding can dramatically lift their look and improve their longevity and durability. But while you may know you need your floors sanded, you may be questioning the cost. Here's what you need to know about timber floor sanding services and their costs.

What is Timber Floor Sanding?

"Floor sanding" is a bit misleading, because most floor sanding services quote for both sanding and polishing. Some will quote for sanding alone, but when you compare the prices for sanding versus sanding and polishing, there will be very little difference. In most cases, it's just not worth having your floors sanded but not polished. By the time you've paid for the polish and other supplies, your savings will be negligible.

When you watch floor sanders at work, it can look like a relatively simple job. They use big floor sanders and to the untrained eye, it looks like they simply walk up and down the floor with the grain and the sander does all the work. Ask most people who have hired a floor sander from a local equipment hire shop and you'll learn the truth. A floor sander is a powerful piece of equipment and must be balanced at all times. One wobble or jerk and you can make an irreparable gouge in your floor. That might be alright if you're satisfied with a rustic look in a knotty pine floor, but it can ruin a good quality timber floor.

How Much Does Timber Floor Sanding Cost?

Ask for quotes for floor sanding alone and they will probably start at around $25 per square meter. Surprisingly, floor sanding and polishing starts at only $30 per square meter. It will depend on the floor, though. At $25 or $30m2, you're probably paying for a new floor or a floor that is in perfect condition and has few difficult to access spots. To have a badly damaged floor sanded, repaired and polished, you might pay up to $50m2.

The condition of your floor will be one determinant of the price of having it sanded and polished. It usually costs more per square metre to have a small floor sanded and if the floor sanders have to work in hard-to-access areas, the price will be higher, too.

The price you pay for polishing will depend on the type of polish you choose and whether your floor needs staining. Staining can cost from $10 to $15m2 and some types of polish may cost more.

When you get quotes from floor sanding and polishing services, tell them as much as you can about the condition of your floors and any access problems they might encounter. The more information you give them online, the more accurate your quotes will be. Compare your quotes carefully and choose a service that has a reputation for quality work in your area. Even if they cost a little more, you'll be happier with the results and your newly sanded and polished floor will lift the appearance of your home's interior.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 14 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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