Tips on Sanding Wood Floors With an Aluminum Oxide Finish
By John Dupra – Hardwood Floors Magazine - August/September 2007
For the contractor, the beauty of prefinished hardwood flooring is in the simplicity of installation, with fewer steps on the job site. The hardship of prefinished hardwood is that it will eventually wear, and refinishing it can seem like an overwhelming challenge.
Manufacturers of prefinished flooring continue to make aluminum-oxide finishes harder and harder in order to increase the floor’s life. As a result, sanding an aluminum-oxide prefinished floor down the road is one of the hottest issues in our industry today. At a recent trade show, I overheard several prefinished manufacturers boasting there wasn’t a machine or product on the market that could sand off their finishes.