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Replacing Vs. Refinishing A Hardwood Floor

Hardwood is the go-to flooring material for homeowners and builders as it has a wide range of benefits. Hardwood brings more personality to spaces, is durable, and does not discolor easily.

Like every other flooring material, hardwood deteriorates over time. Age related deterioration can affect the natural look of hardwood. If your hardwood floor is damaged, you can consider refinishing or replacing it.

A refinish can usually fix surface-level issues. If some isolated boards have deep scratches or gouges, you may want to replace them, as long as other parts are unaffected. To ensure the color of the new boards matches the rest of the floor, re-sand and refinish your entire floor.

When Should You Replace a Hardwood Floor?

If the damage is extensive, a recoat simply won’t do the trick.

A flooring contractor near you may recommend changing your hardwood floor if

  • The subfloor is structurally compromised
  • The floor has been refinished several times previously
  • The floor was installed 25-30 years ago and is no longer structurally sound
  • You want to change the look of your home
  • The floor moves between the boards

When Should You Refinish a Hardwood Floor?

Fortunately, you may not need to replace the entire floor even if there appears to be a lot of surface-level damage. Plumbing problems, air getting inside the surface below the floor, and a leaking appliance are some probable causes of cupping.

When it comes to repairing any form of water damage, drying out a floor is a time-consuming process. After you have dried your floor, prepare to sand it. Before prepping your floor for sanding, ensure appropriate moisture levels. Remember if you try to sand a cupped floor flat when the moisture levels are higher than usual, your floor will crown out as it dries, and you may have to replace it. Rugworks is a top-rated flooring contractor in Sonoma. Let our team help you maintain your floor so you can create memories on it for years. To consult a pro, call (707) 935-0648.

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