Hardwood floors are a beautiful, durable luxury to have in any home. They’re easy to clean, look great, and last a while with regular maintenance.
There’s more good news, homeowners.
Did you know that you can refinish hardwood floors up to eight times before you may have to replace them? As long as the wood as thick enough (1/32 of an inch of wood), it’s able to be sanded and stained. Your hardwood floors should last, in total, up to twenty long years.
Are you ready to bring your floors back to life? When is it time to refinish your hardwood?
Keep reading for the most obvious signs.
Sign #1: Obvious Wear and Tear
We mentioned before that hardwood floors last about twenty years and can get refinished up to eight times.
That means that every 2 to 2.5 years, the wear and tear will begin to show itself. Your floors may start revealing scratches, noticeable marks, or have cracks and missing pieces.
This is the most obvious, and annoying, sign that you’re ready to refinish your hardwood floors.
Sign #2: Water (Or Other) Damage
If you live in a place where your home may suffer water damage, your floorboards could get affected, as well. Water-damaged hardwood floors present signs of warping, changing, and becoming uneven or weak.
If you notice signs of water damage, don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself. It’s likely you’ll need the assistance of a professional floor refinishing service.
Sign #3: It’s Dull or Uneven
The great thing about sanding or staining is that you can restore floors to their original gleam. Over time, they’ll begin to dull. Sanding and then re-staining them keeps them looking like new.
Unfortunately, consistent wear and tear without maintenance can sometimes have irreversible effects, like floorboards becoming uneven. This is due to a changing foundation, an improper installation, or heavy traffic.
The best way to prevent these signs from appearing, to begin with, is through regular maintenance and refinishing.
Sign #4: You’re Sick of Its Look
This is the most natural sign to identify. If your hardwood floors otherwise function well, your problem with them could be in their appearance. Are you tired of the way your hardwood floors look but can’t afford new tile, wood, or carpet?
Refinishing them is one way to accomplish this goal.
During refinishing, your floors will get sanded down to their original layer. This will be the color without any stain or obvious faults. With this clean slate, you can now change the look of your floors.
At this stage in the refinishing, you can stain or paint your floors a different color.
Refinish Hardwood to Restore Its Look
When is it time to refinish hardwood floors in your home?
When you’re ready for a new look. When your old floors have scratches, cracks, or other obvious damage. When you’re ready to breathe life back into the dull, uneven surfaces of your home.
It’s time when you’re ready.
For more tips and tricks on restoring things around your home, check out the restoration hardware section of our blog!