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DIY vs. Professional Floor Sanding: Pros and Cons

Wooden Parquet Floor Being Ground By Carpenter Using Floor Sander In A Newly Constructed Home

Should I Call A Professional or DIY For Floor Sanding?

Hardwood floors are a great flooring choice. Not only do they look good, but they’ve been loved by homeowners for over a century. Hardwood floors elevate your home’s elegance and overall value. However, maintaining the beauty and functionality of your hardwood floors requires regular care and attention, and sanding is no exception

When homeowners consider floor sanding, they often find themselves at a crossroads: 

Why hire a professional floor sander when I could do it myself? 

Will I damage my floors if I try sanding them on my own?

We’ll explore the pros and cons of professional vs. DIY floor sanding and share a few quick tips to help you with whichever option you choose. 

How Do I Know When My Floor Needs Sanding?

To maintain your floor’s pristine condition, you need to know when’s the right time to sand it. Signs to watch out for include noticeable scratches, areas of dullness, discoloration, or uneven surfaces. These signs indicate that the protective finish of your floors has worn off, and the wood underneath is susceptible to damage. 

Professional Sanding vs. DIY Sanding

Many factors go into whether you should call a flooring expert or DIY your sanding. It all depends on your home, your experience, your budget, and more. 

Let’s begin by reviewing the pros and cons of professional sanding:

Pros of Professional Sanding

Expertise and Experience

Professionals bring extensive flooring knowledge and sanding experience to your project ensuring that the sanding is even and that your floors won’t get damaged. 

Speed and Efficiency

With a professional flooring expert, your sanding project can be completed quickly. This way, you’ll reduce any interruptions to you and your family’s daily routines. 

Peace of Mind

Opting for professional floor sanding often comes with the assurance of a warranty so that high-quality work is guaranteed.  

Cons of Professional Sanding:


A major disadvantage of professional sanding is its cost. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, consider DIY floor sanding. 

Limited Customization

Hiring a professional floor sander might restrict your influence over specific project details. In other words– a pro might not sand your floors the same way you would. If you have specific requests and, for whatever reason, aren’t sure if a professional team would be able to work around them, consider DIY sanding. 

(Flooring experts tend to be extremely open and flexible! If your project requires something extra, call Dave’s Floor Sanding! We’ll discuss your project and if we can get it done the way you need.)

Pros of DIY Sanding

Save Money 

Undertaking the sanding process yourself can lead to major savings on labor expenses.

Personal Satisfaction

There’s a nice sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with completing home improvement tasks on your own.


Having total control over the project allows for personalized adjustments from the selection of sandpaper to the finishing coats.

Cons of DIY Sanding:

Time and Effort

Sanding is labor-intensive and time-consuming, posing a considerable challenge for many homeowners. Life gets busy. If you don’t have tons of time to dedicate to DIY floor sanding, call a pro. 

Skill Level

If you have little to no floor sanding experience, you risk damaging your floors and incurring additional repair costs. 

Lack of Warranty

Of course, DIY home improvement projects come without the safety net of a warranty. If your floor sanding doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, you might have to call a professional anyway. 

I Want To DIY My Floor Sanding – Where Do I Start?

You’ll need to buy or rent the right sanders for your project, and you’ll have to learn how to use them. Each sander type operates differently, but there are three kinds you can choose from:

Edge Floor Sander

Small and easy to use, this sander is often used for smaller spaces, tight areas, and on light floor stains. The edge floor sander is your cheapest option and great for anyone who wants to test the waters before they commit to a full floor sanding job. 

Drum Floor Sander

The drum floor sander is large and heavy, used to repair significant damage, paint stains, and deep water stains. If you’re planning on renting or buying a drum floor sander, remember that you’ll need two people to operate it. 

Orbital Floor Sander

The orbital floor sander is a large sander used for smooth finishes. It’s is typically used as a last step in your sanding process. 

Before you start your DIY sanding project, you’ll need to examine your floor for any major issues you’d like to sand down. This way, you’ll be able to focus on the parts of your floor that need help. 

For large problem areas, begin sanding with the drum sander and finish it off with the orbital floor sander. 

Once you’re finished sanding, clean the dust from your floors. Then, if you’d like, you can add a stain to your floor to get it looking good as new. 

Know When To Call A Pro

Whether you’re leaning towards using your DIY skills or hiring seasoned professionals, you’ll need to be honest with yourself about the task at hand, your capabilities, and your resources. 

At Dave’s Floor Sanding, we combine our expertise, efficient service, and a customer-focused approach to ensure your hardwood floors regain and retain their beauty. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through each step, offering personalized solutions tailored to your home’s unique needs and your aesthetic preferences. 

When you choose to trust us with your sanding project, you opt for peace of mind, knowing that your floors are in expert hands. Beyond the exquisite workmanship, we stand by the quality of our service with warranties that protect your investment, affording you not just stunning floors but also the promise of a job well done. 

Want To Hire A Professional Floor Sander? Call Dave’s Floor Sanding!

For new homeowners, home renovators, and everyone in between, Dave’s Floor Sanding is your premier choice for bringing out the best in your hardwood floors. With years of experience and a commitment to excellence, we ensure your floor sanding project is nothing short of perfection. Connect with us today to explore how we can transform your space, one floor at a time.