By Gene and Katie Hamilton
"Floor Refinishing" is the listing in the Yellow Pages where you'll find flooring contractors who specialize in restoring and refinishing wood floors. Since restoring is a "lite" version of refinishing, a refinisher is your best bet, especially if repair work is needed. To give an estimate, a floor refinisher goes to the house to examine and measure the floor, and then provides a proposal based on the condition of the floor and its square footage. Ask to see examples of their work and make sure to find a location with a floor that looked similar to your own. A good job of restoring a floor should have the finish applied evenly and thoroughly to all areas of the floor including the corners, closet interiors and under radiators.