When Can Hardwood Floors Be Refinished?
And when is a replacement the better option?
One of the best things about hardwood floors is that after they start to show signs of age, wear, and tear, they can be refinished rather than replaced. That makes it easy to upgrade the look and feel of your whole home without the expense or hassle or total floor replacement.
All but the most severely damaged hardwood floors can be refinished. But before you commit to refinishing rather than replacement, it’s important to understand how the process works and what kinds of problems can be fixed. We have answered some common questions below.
When Can’t Hardwood Floors be Refinished?
Only in the most extreme cases. If there is a significant amount of movement between the boards they are a bad candidate for refinishing because that movement will compromise the sanding and affect the finish. If large parts of the subflooring need to be replaced, it usually also not worth it to refinish.
What Kinds of Problems can Refinishing Fix?
Just about all of them. Old, damaged boards can be removed and replaced. Squeaky floors in older homes can be tightened down and made silent. Holes can be plugged, and patches applied. Finally, and most excitingly, the old, worn finish can be sanded off and replaced with a new finish that complements the wood tone and grain and minimizes the look of any stains.
How Much Money Does Refinishing Save?
That depends on a lot of factors. But know that in almost all cases, refinishing is the less expensive option. The required labor is significantly less, materials costs are kept at a minimum, and the upgrade is long lasting. When properly maintained, a new finish can last 20 to 30 years. And depending on the quality of the wood, one floor can be refinished six or seven times over its lifetime.
Are Refinished Hardwood Floors Better?
Lots of people are willing to spend a little extra to get the perfect floor for their home. But don’t operate under the misconception that refinished floors are somehow inferior. In fact, many people prefer them. Older floors often have characteristics you can’t find in newer wood options.
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Restore Your Floors at Just Around the Corner
Regardless of whether you choose to refinish or replace your hardwood floor, Just Around the Corner can help. We have all the materials you’ll need, and an expert installation team to handle the work. We offer free estimates! If you opt for a replacement, take advantage of our allergy-friendly flooring offer for a limited time only!