Best Hardwood Refinishing in Winnipeg

5 Best Contractors for Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Winnipeg

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Has the floor beneath you lost its shine? Maybe your hardwood flooring needs a buff! 

Whatever is going on with your lackluster floorboards, we know hardwood specialists in town who can bring them back to life. Today, we’re reviewing our picks for the best contractors in Winnipeg for hardwood floor refinishing. 

Further on, we’ll even answer some common questions about this type of renovation―but first, let’s talk about costs. 

How much does hardwood floor refinishing cost in Winnipeg? 

Like most home projects, hardwood floor refinishing costs concern two main things: labour and materials. Fortunately, repairs and refinishing are the far cheaper alternative to replacing hardwood floors (which can get really expensive).                                                              

Here are the average costs of having your floor refinished, along with some other related treatments. 

SERVICE ESTIMATED COST
Sanding $0.50 – $3.00 per square foot
Staining$1.00 – $3.00 per square foot
Extra coating or finishing$20 – $50 per gallon 
Resurfacing and repairs$3 – $8 per square foot

More often than not, contractors who do refinishing also offer repairs―after all, the goal is to preserve your floor for years to come. 

Repair costs depend on the floor’s condition and sometimes, the rarity of your hardwood (if some patchwork is needed). Alternatively, some dents and scratches are manageable through simple sanding. 

The most accurate way to nail a price for your situation is to take advantage of free quotes. With most floor contractors, your ballpark figure is just a phone call away. 

Best Contractors for Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Winnipeg 

Now that we’ve brushed you up on prices, here’s who can brush up your dull hardwood floors. These contractors made our list of the best hardwood floor refinishers in Winnipeg after we narrowed down the recommendations sent to us:

1. Hardwood Floor Refinishing Professionals

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Professionals' Homepage
Source: Hardwood Floor Refinishing Professionals
BEST FORAffordable Refinishing 
SERVICES Hardwood Refinishing and Resurfacing
WEBSITEwww.hardwoodrefinishwpg.com
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 204 809 9833
OPERATING HOURSAll week, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

The team at HRP are known for their attention to detail and professional work ethic. Whether you’re sprucing up a house for sale or for yourself, they’re all about quality and sensible prices.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

At just $1.50 – $5.00 per square foot, they offer a full refinishing service―from sanding to the final coat. They also fix dents and scratches at a reasonable cost, which we think you’ll appreciate if you’re on a budget. 

If you just want a quick estimate with no pressure to commit, their lines are open for a free no-obligation quote. If you’re happy with it, the in-depth consultation can come later when you call them in for a site inspection. 

From there, they help you decide on the new look of your floors―from the colour of the stain to the level of gloss. This is also the time to schedule a service date and get your final quote―which they adhere to often, based on our survey. 

We’ve also noticed that they double check their work before wrapping up, and that avoids callbacks and post-service disputes. 

A slight drawback is that larger spaces can take some time to complete, and you might have to move out of the room temporarily. They also leave it up to you to move all your furniture, carpets, and other obstructions beforehand―which is understandable and even expected at this price point. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Long hours, available all week
  • Upfront pricing and free quotes
  • High attention to detail

Cons

  • Larger spaces can take some time to complete
  • Clearance services not offered

Customer Reviews

Leading work ethic and are true to their estimates

“T did an incredible job with our floors and made them look new again.  His attention to detail is impeccable and his work ethic is second to none. Even though the job took more effort and time than he originally estimated, he still held to his estimate and charged us only for what he quoted. I would highly recommend T for any flooring job and I will not hesitate to call him again for our next job”Diego HP 

High attention to detail 

“T and his assistant worked on refinishing my original 1950s hardwood floors. Jon stayed back to make sure every little detail was taken care of before wrapping up. I look forward to recommending Tony to anyone looking to bring life back to their floors. Tony knows his stuff!”D. Nguyen

2. Superior Hardwood Service 

Superior Hardwood Service's Homepage
Source: Superior Hardwood Service
BEST FORCustom Stains 
SERVICESSite-finished Hardwood, Dustless Refinishing, Deep Cleaning, Floor care
WEBSITEwww.superiorhardwoodservice.ca
ADDRESS1-500 Caron Rd, Headingley, Manitoba R4H1B4, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 204 293 2215
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Superior Hardwood Service is a great place to get all around care, from refinishing to floor maintenance. We particularly like the variety of choices they offer to get you both the look and functionality you want from your floors. 

Their oil-based stain collection gives you 17 different colours to choose from. That’s pretty diverse already, but you can still  fine-tune your preferences through custom staining. 

Coating options are also variable, and depend on how durable you want your floors to be. 

Their 2k finish offers the highest scratch resistance, and we recommend it for frequently used spaces like living rooms and areas with pets. Meanwhile, their 1k finish provides prolonged durability for normal traffic or seldom used areas like guest rooms.  

We also like that their refinishing services are practically dustless, with a vacuum collection rate of 98%. 

SHS is a useful ally for long-term maintenance as well―their online shop is a treasure trove of organic floor care solutions. On top of that, their hard surface deep cleaner is designed to lift grime and months’ worth of stubborn dirt off your floors. 

It’s no surprise to us that SHS sports a broad list of certifications from American Sanders, NWFA, Bona, and more. With credentials like these, you’d expect the service to be on the pricier side and frankly, they are. 

Nevertheless, clients can attest that you get what you pay for. For those occasions when you want to spend on your floors, do save SHS a spot on your contact list. 

Pros

  • Wide colour selections an custom stains
  • Commercial and home-grade coatings (2K and 1K)
  • Dustless refinishing
  • Has an online store for organic floor care products
  • Hard surface deep cleaning available

Cons

  • Unavailable on weekends
  • Not the cheapest service

Customer Reviews

Pleasing results 

“Superior Hardwood was great to deal with. The hardwood floors in our home were buffed and coated. The guys did a great job. We’re very pleased with the result.”Mark A-T

Takes care of your needs from start to finish

“Matt & his team did an awesome job refinishing our hardwood floors. From our initial meeting to discuss what we wanted / needed, to quoting and timing, Superior Hardwood are true professionals & will take care of all your needs from start to finish. I would not hesitate to call Matt again or provide referrals to anyone who needs refinishing. An absolute fantastic job, our floors look outstanding! Thank you again Matt & the entire Superior Hardwood Team who worked on our floors!”Darcy Backus

Not the cheapest, but an impressive service

“When we chose Superior Hardwood service, it was not the cheapest but we liked the fact that they offered a dustless service .We were also impressed with the positive feedback from their clients. At the completion ,our floors look like news floors .Their workers, polite and very efficient. They kept us informed of each step .At the end of each day they would clean the areas.They also managed to finish the work ahead of schedule… We couldn’t be any happier or more satisfied .They were very easy to work with, prompt to reply to all our questions and requests.”Carmel Barnes 

3. Bison Flooring

Bison Flooring's Homepage
Source: Bison Flooring
BEST FORCommercial Spaces 
SERVICESHardwood Floor Refinishing, Custom Floor Features
WEBSITEwww.bisonflooring.com
ADDRESS1357 Lincoln Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Y2, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 431 877 4547
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSBy appointment 

Bison Flooring has been around Manitoba since 1981. Decades of experience with hardwood has gone into their work, delivering lasting finishes that enhance a wide range of spaces. 

They’re adept in most types of hardwood of varying shades and characteristics. This enables them to source-match your floors for seamless repairs and also help you decide which finish is best for you. 

If you have a large commercial space with lots of traffic, they’re equipped to handle projects like schools, gymnasiums and dance studios. Hallways, living quarters, and office spaces are standard fare in their repertoire, and they have an extensive project gallery to show for it.  

Bison Flooring is a frequent user of Minwax® stains and finishes, which are known for having excellent coverage and fast drying times. Applying multiple coats is thus more practical, and we get how it suits commercial flooring (where durability is key). 

Another thing that adds versatility to the service is their experience with custom floor systems. If you want a sleek way of getting heating into the room, consider commissioning some wooden floor vents, too. 

All in all, Bison flooring has some pretty sweet offerings that we wish were communicated better on their website. While the gallery has plenty of pictures, it would’ve been nice to see service options with more details. 

Pros

  • Decades of industry experience
  • Experience with all common types of hardwood
  • Equipped for gymnasiums, schools, and studios
  • Sensible product selection

Cons

  • Pricing unavailable online
  • Website could use more information

Customer Reviews

Frequently referred

“I was looking for a hardwood flooring contractor to do some floor refinishing when a friend suggested Bison Flooring. The hardwood floors now look absolutely awesome in the home (kitchen, living room, hallways, bedroom and office). I highly recommend this flooring company in Winnipeg, they also do commercial floor refinishing as I’ve referred them to do a school gymnasium.”―Al N. 

4. Tony’s Hardwood Flooring

Tony’s Hardwood Flooring's Homepage
Source: Tony’s Hardwood Flooring
BEST FORHardwood Staircase Refinishing
SERVICESHardwood Recoat, Refinishing, and Repair
WEBSITEwww.tonyhardwoodflooring.com
ADDRESS91 Crestwood Cres, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1H8
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 431 337 2822
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSBy appointment

Tony’s Hardwood Flooring is an all-in-one flooring service that has experience with staircases and baseboards. While they also do promenades and poolside walkways, refinishing is where they really shine (literally). 

We do think the diversity of their service portfolio is appealing, though. That kind of expertise can come in handy if you want to match the finish of your staircase to a floor landing and other parts of the house. 

They also install laminates and engineered hardwoodsomething to consider if you have other flooring projects in mind and prefer not to call a separate service. They’re quite helpful in many aspects really, especially when it comes to preparing the work area. 

Customers have noted that the team helps out with moving furniture and are very careful with your property. Their customer service at large has received high praise, citing prompt response times, budget-consciousness, and a pleasant crew. 

They’re also versed in mixing stains, and we appreciate that this part of the service is customizable. There’s no pressure to go big on change, eitherif you like the colour of your floor but think it lacks shine, a simple recoat with them will make things pretty again. 

Speaking of making things pretty, they do repairs as well so the new finish goes on smoothly. Scratches, cuts, and dents are not a problem, however, their repair service is limited to minor surface damage. 

This may not cut it for a full restoration on some century-old hardwood, but it does the trick with more common cases. 

Pros

  • Flexible range of services
  • Moves furniture for you
  • Budget-conscious
  • Offers custom stains

Cons

  • Repairs limited to minor surface damage
  • Pricing unavailable online

Customer Reviews

Remarkable attention to small details

“I am very happy with the flooring work that Tony did for my house. He has a remarkable attention to small details and has exceeded all of my expectations. He makes exactly the grey stain I love! Highly recommended!”―A. Zacharias

Wonderful customer service and fast response times

“Great customer service from start to finish! John was wonderful helping with our color selections and installation within our budget. The techs were awesome & took great care while moving our furniture around and were very pleasant to have in our house. Wonderful customer service, fast response time and a business who actually sticks to their word for everything promised. Awesome people!”―Shani Watson

5. Yawn Flooring

Yawn Flooring's Homepage
Source: Yawn Flooring
BEST FORVintage Floor Restoration
SERVICESFloor Repair, Large Floor Recovery, Repairs of Scratches/ Dents/ Gaps/ Stains/ Burns, Floor Sealing, Wood Restoration, Hardwood Refinishing, Custom-made Transition Pieces 
WEBSITEwww.yawnflooring.com
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 204 963 2020
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSBy appointment:
Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am – 7:00pm

If you care to see a master at work (particularly on your floors), then German floor specialist, Jan Koestel, is the guy to call. Apart  from offering top-notch refinishing, Yawn Flooring is an expert in floor restoration and recovery. 

As a member of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), he’s an internationally-recognised tradesman. Both his technical wisdom and passion for his craft are things that people have come to admire. 

Clients have good things to say about the honest quality craftsmanship they’ve received from Jan. We’ve heard a lot of remarks praising not only his knowledge and skill, but also his prompt and efficient work ethic. 

For example, it’s a common practice for him to have his equipment ready at the workstation the night before. This saves a lot of time setting up, which is also good considering some of his services are charged hourly. 

One of the most impressive things about him are his hand-built custom inlays. Having your floor refinished can be a waste if there are a tonne of issues underneath―which, luckily, he addresses. 

Not only can you have freshly refinished hardwood, you can also have seriously damaged areas replaced with meticulously sourced transition pieces. It definitely beats the cost of having a full replacement job, especially with something as special as century-old flooring.  

Apart from offering both oil and water-based stains, it’s nice to see that the service also works with eco-friendly products. This is a more suitable option if you’re sensitive to strong chemicals. 

One minor letdown is that the sanding process isn’t dust-free. He does do well with clean-up though, so just be sure to mind the work area during that time. 

Pros

  • Insured, bonded, and NWFA-certified
  • Prompt professional service
  • Custom-built inlays available
  • Also offers eco-friendly products

Cons

  • Sanding is not dust-free
  • Unavailable on Sundays

Customer Reviews

On time for every appointment and finished within the timeline

“We contacted Jan to refinish our hardwood floors. He showed up quickly and provided a very reasonable quote. Jan was on time for every appointment and finished the job per the quoted price and timeline without any issues. He also provided helpful advice and recommendations for taking care of the floors going forward. The floors look amazing and we would definitely recommend him!”Nathan Jasenn

Quality craftsmanship in refinishing and custom transition pieces 

“Quality craftsmanship of several custom oak transition pieces, and excellent job refinishing oak hardwoods in my home. Jan also placed a mixture of existing and new boards to cover an area where the wood was taken up, which blends perfectly with the old boards. Jan cares about giving you the results you want. I would recommend.”Nick Lacko

Master at his craft and takes pride in his work 

“We had our hardwood floors refinished by Yawn Flooring and were so happy we chose this company.  Jan is a master at his craft, not to mention honest, hardworking, and so very knowledgeable. The quality of the work done at our home truly exemplifies Jan’s pride in workmanship.  Thank you for a job well done.”―Wendy Marsch

FAQs About Hardwood Floor Refinishing 


And that’s our list―finished. 

If you’ve worked with these contractors before, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Our lines are wide open for messages. 

In the meantime, we’ve got other useful guides for your renovation needs. Whether you’re building a new space or need a total floor overhaul, we’ve also reviewed the best flooring services in Winnipeg, so do check that out as well!