To refinish or replace? That is the question. Old floors can be tough to figure out. You want to make sure it’s sturdy and damage-free. But you also don’t want to spend any money you don’t have to. How do you know whether to refinish your floor or replace it? If you know your floor needs a change, but not sure which one, then this guide is for you.
When to refinish
When we talk about refinishing, we’re talking about sanding down the top layer of your floor and adding a new layer of laminate to make your floors look as good as new. You know refinish your floors when:
Your budget is tight
Refinishing your floor costs about half the price of a new floor. It’s a much cheaper alternative that fully utilizes the life of your floor. If your floor has no or minimal damage in a concentrated area, then you shouldn’t need to spend the extra money on a new hardwood floor, unless you’re looking for a new design or material.
Minimal or no damage
If your floors are damaged to a certain extent, they need to be replaced. Damage can come from water, termites, or intense aging. A good sign of damage is if you can see at all into the subfloor between the wood planks, or of the floor is bumpy and uneven.
When to Replace
Conversely, replacing your floor involves removing your current floor and replacing it with something new. Here are a few reasons why you might want to replace your floor instead of refinishing it.
Refinishing floors are more for the type of flooring that’s old. It’s not for covering up damages. If your floor has any amount of water damage, termite damage, or anything else that permanently affects the floor, it might need to be replaced.
Subfloor Needs Work
One of the issues with subfloor is that you can’t fix something on it without removing the floor that’s already there. If you have in issue with your subfloor, then it might have affected your floor as well. It’s best to then remove the floor, fix the subfloor, and start again from scratch.
You want a New Look
Sometimes floors go out of fashion and you want a change. There’s nothing wrong with that! Of course, refinishing only adds life to the floor you already have. The only way to change the material or style is to remove the current floor and replace it with another one.
If you need further help deciding whether to refinish or replace your floor, you can call us or peruse our blog database for more posts on the subject!
Water on floors is not an ideal situation but it happens, from small spills to burst pipes that cause widespread flooding. Flooring may need to be repaired or replaced, depending on the level of damage and material of the floor.
Water is detrimental to hardwood floors. It is essential to stay on top of every spill so that your beautiful floors will not be damaged.
Wood is an organic material that can only resist the effects of water for a short while. Eventually, wood will become stained or discolored at minimum with popped nails, buckling from absorbed moisture, or mold growth likely if the water exposure continues.
The largest factor in determining the damage is the amount of water and the length of time the wood floor is exposed to the water. More moisture will be retained if the floor is left to dry on its own rather than cleaned up differently. A solid hardwood floor is more vulnerable than an engineered hardwood floor. Water that has penetrated the subfloor is also much more damaging than water that is cleaned up more quickly.
If the water damage is minor, the floor can often be repaired by replacing individual floorboards and then sanding and refinishing the entire floor. This is a great option if it can be done but if there is widespread water damage or water has seeped into the sub floor than the entire floor may have to be replaced.
Carpet is easily damaged by water due to its high absorption of moisture. Carpet that has been soaked by rainwater or other clean water may be salvageable by placing large fans in the affected room to help the carpet dry. Assess the carpet for any growth of mold in which case it will need to be removed immediately.
Carpet that has been soaked with unsanitary water such as an overflowing toilet or leaking dishwasher is generally considered unsalvageable and should be removed and replaced immediately. A flooring professional can help determine whether the underlying floor was damaged and needs remediation as well.
Tile is the most durable flooring with regards to water and moisture buildup, but it can still become damaged by excessive moisture and water. The adhesive seal in the grout of individual tiles is easily damaged by moisture buildup and can break apart, allowing water to seep in between the tiles and underneath the tiles. Tile floors need to be dried and potentially regrouted with minor water damage while major water damage may require the entire floor to be torn up with possible mold remediation.
Our flooring specialists are here to help you determine whether to repair or replace your floors, call us today!
You may love the floors you have, but they’ve seen better days, right? You may not have the budget now to replace them or to have them refinished, but you know you need to do it in a year. So, what do you do when your floors need to last just one more year before you either replace or refinish them? We’ve put together a list of maintenance ideas we think will help prolong the life of your floors to keep them looking presentable until your budget is ready to make the change.
- Pets, kids, and guests bring in unwanted dirt and grime that scratch up your wood and give it that dull look. Keep that debris off your already sensitive floors by asking them to take off their shoes when you can, and use rugs and mats to eliminate the opportunity of scratches.
- As we mentioned, dirt and debris can cause more damage to your already damaged floor. If kids, pets or guests have brought these things into the house, clean it up as quickly as you can. No one says you have to stand around with a vacuum all day, but a once a day sweep will keep your hardwood floors looking great. Add to this a quick mop once or twice a week and you’ll lengthen the life of our floors.
- Certain cleaning solutions can wreak havoc on your floors, and you don’t even realize it! Make sure to use the gentlest cleaning solutions possible, or, give us a call to give you tips on what products to use. There are some organic solutions as well that we can give you.
- Furniture can severely damage your hardwood floors, especially chairs or tables that move consistently every day. Prevent unsightly scratches by putting felt pads on the bottom of your furniture. This will prolong the life of your floors, and keep them safe as well.
- If you’ve tried to make those floors last just a bit longer, but the scratches and damage is more than you can cover up with a rug, or clean with a Swiffer, it may be time to call in the professionals! We understand if you’ve put off taking care of your floors due to budgeting. Make an appointment with our team to discuss what your budget is and how we can help you stay within that budget, and have beautiful floors again! The options are endless, just give us a call!