Getting a floor sander rental seems like the sort of thing you’d never wonder about, until you’re standing in your new (to you) home. Once the furniture from the previous occupants has been removed, you may find yourself looking at some sad wood floors and wondering how to fix them. It turns out, sanding your own floors is a good idea, and not just for aesthetic reasons; Well maintained wood floors have been shown to significantly increase the value of your home54% of home buyers are willing to pay as much as $2,000 more on a property solely on the basis of wood floors. So it can make financial sense to keep your wood floors looking great. Many big box stores like Lowes and The Home Depot have their own guides to DIY floor refinishing done right (Lowes Refinishing Guide and The Home Depot’s Refinishing Guide), so sanding your own wood floors is easier now than ever. 

What to Keep in Mind about Floor Sanders

  1. Floor sanders are not all created equal. When looking at which sander to rent, keep in mind that there are two major types of floor sanders; drum sanders, and orbital sanders. Drum sanders are efficient and can strip floors in minutes, but their power can make them difficult to control if you don’t have experience. Also, since drum sanders only sand in one direction, you have to pay attention to the direction of your wood grain to avoid messing up the final finish of your floor (parquet and detail wood work? Might want to give the drum sander a pass). Orbital sanders are much gentler on floors, and very easy to pick up and use, but this also means that the orbital sander takes much longer to sand the same square footage, and they may not have the power you need to get off paint, caked-on varnish, or smooth out any serious dings or scratches.
  2. Not all floors are created equal either. Make sure before you even get started that your floor is going to stand up to re-sanding or refinishing in the first place. Solid hardwood floors are usually fine to refinish, although the age of the floor (and the number of times it may have been refinished) may make refinishing a chancy issue. However, not all wood-appearing floors are solid hardwood, especially these days. Engineered wood floors, laminate floors, and compressed board floors all have different properties that make sanding a more complicated issue. If you have anything other than solid plank hardwood flooring, you might consider at least consulting with a professional before taking matters into your own hands.
  3. Rental periods, price, and availability can vary widely. Chances are, if you’re renting a floor sander, you’re going to be choosing a big home renovation store to rent from, since they’re friendly and ubiquitous. Locations like Home Depot or Lowes will have a variety of sanders available, at different price points. Most large stores like these will require a four-hour commitment at least, but if you’re looking at a large or complicated job, it can get expensive to keep paying an hourly rate when you’re moving into day 3 on the job. In these cases, it makes more financial sense to find a store that will rent to you for a longer period of time, since it usually ends up being far cheaper in the long run. Also keep in mind that many stores are franchised, which means that what products are available for rent depends on the products available at your local store. The best bet in those situations is to contact your local store and ask them if they have floor sanders for rent.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Floor Sander?

By and large, the price to rent a floor sander for 4 hours at any of the locations on the following list is going to be in the neighborhood of $50 dollars, plus or minus $10. For a day, the price is approximately $70, and for a week, approximately $200. As you can see, if you plan on having your floor sander for a longer period of time, rent for the longest period you are expecting to need it, or you may find yourself paying as much as twice as much as you would have with the longer rental period, in order to get the job done. Of course, all prices vary, so always check with your local store before making a decision, to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.

Floor Sander Rentals: National Stores

The locations in this section are available either nationally, or across a wide geographical area.

1. The Home Depot

2. Lowes

  • Types of sanders available: Orbital Floor Sander, Drum Floor Sander
  • Rental periods available: 4-Hour, Daily, Weekly
  • Floor sanders not available for viewing online
  • Find your nearest Lowes location.

3. Reddy Rents

4. United Rentals

5. U-Sand

6. Herc Rentals

7. Sunbelt Rentals

8. True Value

  • Types of sanders available: Location-Dependent
  • Rental periods available: 3-Hour, Daily
  • Floor sanders not available for viewing online
  • Find your nearest True Value location.

9. Menards

Floor Sander Rentals: Regional/Local Stores

Many times smaller, local rental outfits will have floor sanders available for rent, usually with the same price point and rental periods as those available at larger home renovation stores. This section offers you a selection of regional rental agencies that have floor sanders for rent but of course there are many other smaller stores that have no made this list.

10. Crown Rental – Minneapolis, MN

11. American Rentals Inc – Southern CA

12. Arapahoe Rental – Front Range, CO (Denver Area)

13. Champion Rentals – Houston, TX

14. Star Rentals – Pacific Northwest

Final Words on Floor Sander Rentals

This listing is by no means comprehensive. Hundreds of local, family owned, and small-time rental outfits will are scattered across the US, many with floor sanders as a part of their regular rental inventory. Your best bet if you can’t find a location that works for you in this article is to do a google search for “Floor sander rental (your location)”, filling in the state or city where you live. Of course, another option is to look in your yellow pages or other local business directory, and call to check and see if any particular location has floor sanders available. Another great option is Rent It Today, a website which allows you to search for rental equipment by state and category.

No matter how big or small your DIY refinishing job may be, you are now set to find the perfect sander to make your home remodel a complete success!