Your hardwood floors are looking worn and old. It’s time to make a decision. Should you refinish your hardwood floors or replace them completely? This decision is often made by people who work with us. It’s easy once you have the answers to some questions. These are the things you should know before making a decision.
What does Hardwood Floor Refinishing entail?
Hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished up to 4-5 times to look new. This involves sanding the surface to remove scratches, dents and stains. You can also change the color of your stain to give your wood a new look with refinishing.
Always choose dust-free refinishing
The process of refinishing was messy and dusty. Carson Floor Sanding You don’t need to worry about dust during the sanding process. You are completely free from dust. We save time by not needing to seal rooms with plastic sheets to keep dust out. It’s a hit with our customers!
CONDITION OF WOOD FLOOR
When replacing or refinishing flooring, the most important factor is its condition. Refinishing is the best option if the damage is not severe. If the damage is extensive and includes rot, water damage, or both, these planks will need to be replaced. These projects can be more complex and should be evaluated on a case by case basis.
AGE OF THE FLOOR
Hardwood flooring that has been sanded many times and is more than a decade old cannot be refinished without causing damage to the flooring.Also, consider the material’s age. A professional can take a look at the material and determine if it is suitable for refinishing.
STYLE OF FLOOR
The style factor is the second, even if the floor is in good condition. A refinishing job can transform the floor and can also change the color of the stain.You can replace the floor if the design of your wood floor is not satisfactory – the type of wood used, the size of the planks or the basic layout.
Your schedule is another important factor. Refinishing is generally faster than replacing. Refinishing wood that has had many stains, scratches or other areas that require patching can take up to a week. Prefinished planks are easier to install than unfinished planks. There is no need for sanding or repair after installation. Prefinished flooring has other advantages. You can see exactly how it will look when it is installed. The factory finish is also more durable than any on-site finishes. Prefinished floors can be sanded later and refinished as long as it is solid wood and not engineered wood. Solid hardwood can generally be refinished. Most engineered wood cannot.
Refinishing hardwood floors is usually less expensive than replacing them. This is because you will need to pay for extra wood and labor to remove the old hardwood. Unfinished floors will need to be stained and sanded.
Bottom line: Unless you are unhappy with your hardwood floor layout or design, or if your floor is very old or damaged, refinishing hardwood floors will cost less than replacing them. We hope this helps you make a decision.