NYC Renovation Questions: What should I know about replacing wood floors in a pre-war apartment?
Q. I am buying a prewar apartment and the hardwood floors do not appear to be in good condition. What should I know about replacing them? How can I keep costs down?
A. The first thing to know--whether you plan to replace the floors or just refinish them--is to do it before you move in, says architect Tom Degnan of Degnan Design Group. You'll want to avoid the inconvenience and hassle of moving your furniture out of your apartment, as well as the dust and dirt caused by sanding and refinishing.
Cost-wise, according to Michael Savino of MD Floors, expect to pay between $2 to $4 per square foot just for the existing floors to be removed and disposed of.
New floors will start at about $15 to $18 per square foot and go up from there depending on variables including species, cut, pattern, complexity of the stain and the choice of new floor stain color and the finish (polyurethane, tung oil or wax). This cost includes sanding and finishing.
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