Cost to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

Updated: June 2016

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Floor Refinishing Cost
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 2 component, waterborne urethane/acrylic polymer finish. Gloss or satin finish. Non-yellowing. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
134 square feet$54.31$62.49
Floor Refinishing Labor - Basic
Basic labor estimate to refinish hardwood floor. Prep up to 1 hr per 100 SF - remove debris, spot fill and patch level. Remove finish layer by machine sanding. Apply 2 coats polyurethane finish. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
6.4 hours$378.90$496.38
Floor Refinishing Materials and Supplies
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to refinish hardwood floor including: manufacturer recommended underlayment, fasteners, adhesives and surface sealants.
125 Square Feet$45.00$45.69
Floor Refinishing Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: 2+ hp 1800 rpm drum style floor sander; 1 hp 2800 rpm wood floor edger.

Totals - Cost to Refinish Hardwood Floor - 125 Square Feet $519.46$668.30
Average Cost Per Square Foot  $4.16$5.35

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Refinish a Hardwood Floor! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Hardwood Floor Refinishing project. For a basic 125 square feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Refinish a Hardwood Floor ranges between $4.16 - $5.35 per square foot* .

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.

NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


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Cost to Refinish a Hardwood Floor - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Hardwood Floor Refinishing, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Hardwood Floor Refinishing jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Hardwood Floor Refinishing. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Refinish a Hardwood Floor - References

Hardwood Floor Refinishing - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Hardwood Floor Refinishing costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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