You may have purchased a home with hardwood floors that are in less than perfect condition or yours may be showing their age many years after installation. Should you replace the hardwood flooring or simply refinish your floors and how do you know when it should be done? Most quality hardwood flooring can be sanded down and refinished six or seven times before it would ever need replacing, but there are several factors to help you decide what your floor needs!
Replace your Floors If:
1.Flooring Seems Bouncy or Unstable
If your flooring seems weak in anyway or that the wood is less stable, it is definitely time to replace your flooring. Pine flooring has been a popular choice in the past,but this wood is softer than other hardwoods and may be leading to weakness. There could also be damage beneath the hardwood in the subfloor that may need to be fixed.
2. You Want Less Mess
Replacing your hardwood flooring is actually less messy and time-consuming than refinishing your flooring in most cases. Hardwood flooring is prefinished, with the work done outside of your home. Refinishing your flooring can easily last four to five days, with the mess and process happening inside your house that you are already living in. Furniture has to be moved and children and pets have to be kept away from the area being replaced. Refinishing your floors also produces a strong odor, while flooring that is being installed is usually pre-finished.
3. You Want a Different Hardwood
While you can stain your floors a different tone, the look you are going for may be hard to achieve depending on how dark or light the natural wood of your floors are.
4. Your Flooring is Damaged
Floor boards can chip, warp, or suffer other damage from water or termites. Sanding down the wood to refinish it will only make it worse, not better. You may be able to replace individual boards, but if more than 30% of the floor boards are showing signs of damage it is better to replace the entire floor. A large percentage of damaged flooring can indicate an underlying problem that requires attention in the sub-flooring
Refinish Your Floors
1.To Stay Within a Tighter Budget
Refinishing is five times less expensive than replacing your hardwood floor. If the hardwood is in good condition, choose a stain you like and work with a flooring professional to get your floors back into shape!
2. Areas of Damage are Small
Older hardwood flooring is rarely perfect, but small areas of damage can easily be fixed. Floor boards can be ripped up, replaced, and the whole floor will be stained to match.
3.You Can Handle the Mess
Refinishing your floors is dusty, messy, and has a strong smell. That said, a reputable company should work with you to minimize the inconvenience and potential for dust to enter the rest of the house.