When to Refinish or Replace Your Hardwood Floors

When to Refinish or Replace Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beauty to behold, and their natural facade adds a special appeal and warmth to any room.

Though hardwood floors are a lovely addition to your home, proper maintenance is required to keep them looking beautiful and intact. After a while hardwood floors begin to lose their luster and may not provide the same aesthetic benefits as they once did.  When your hardwood floors lose their luster, it may be a sign of damage or it may just be that they have been subject to a lot of wear and tear.

There are two ways you can revive the look of the hardwood floors in your home.  Some homeowners simply refinish their floors in hopes of bringing back its newer, fresher look. But, for others, replacing the floor entirely may be a better idea.

So, how do you know if you need to replace your hardwood floors or simply refinish them?

One consideration you need to take into account is the extent of the damage. Do your floors have major damage such as warping or broken panels?  If it does, then, you may need to replace your flooring materials, in order to fix the damage. You can either replace the entire floor or find similar materials that match your existing hardwood floors and fix only the damaged areas.

Another factor is your budget.  Replacing your hardwood floors can be very costly because it requires buying more materials and completely pulling up our existing floors, prepping the area, and laying down new materials.  It is good to replace your floors if they have a lot of major damage, but if your budget doesn’t allow for it, stick to simply refinishing them, which will address at least part of the issue.

Lastly, you need to consider the amount of time it will take to complete your project. Replacing your hardwood floors will take a lot more time than refinishing them.  You need to remove the old materials, prepare your floor, and install new ones. On top of that, you must then finish your floors and allow them to dry. The process will take days to finish, so if you don’t have the luxury of that much available time, reconsider your options.

Keeping your hardwood floors beautiful and free from damage will help you maintain a striking appeal to your home. In order to avoid major repairs and refinishing, regularly maintain your floors and take good care of them, and they will maintain their beautiful finish for a much longer period of time.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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