When wooden floors are properly cared for and well-maintained, the hardwood floors can last for decades. Hardwood floors in a home you are not sure how well they were cared for, or perhaps if you got a little lax in the care, it can be difficult to determine if the flooring should be replaced or if they can be saved with some TLC. Older floors will have a natural weathered look that people are making popular and on the other hand, wood floors with shine are never wrong. Deciding if the floors should be refinished or replaced is easily done with the advice we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to list for your today.
Cost to Refinish or Replace Hardwood Floors
As a matter of preference, you first consideration is whether you like the aged and weathered look that is currently trending. There is also the timeless classic shine and image of the new wood flooring. So, your preference comes into play. Another consideration if you are leaning to replacement floors is factoring the budget for installation and materials. A refinishing project will never restore floors to “like-new” but it will renew the majority of the wear, remove any stains, and improve the overall condition and appearance. Weighing out the look of new and modern or weathered and aged is a primary decision.
Replacing Hardwood Floor Planks
Older homes especially, may have worn wooden floors that are a high risk of being damaged from termites or other insect infestation. If that is the case, not only will the infestation need to be eliminated, but the planks will need to be replaced, making it a challenge to match the remaining floor’s grain, stain and color. All of these skills are better handled by an experienced professional.
Quick Fix for Squeaky & Stained Hardwood Floors
When it comes to squeaky floors, they can be silenced with a little dry lubricant and replacing of old and decrepit nails. Any existing staining can be cleared with refinishing, stains like pet stains, beverage spills, water marks, and other common wood flooring stains are sanded down. The professional sands down each plank evenly to the raw wood, where the new color finish you selected is applied to maximize the look of your hardwood floors.
When Hardwood Floors Should Be Replaced
There are however, a few circumstances that will call for a complete floor replacement. Because not all floors are candidates for refinishing, a replacement is necessary if any of the following applies:
– Since the installation, wood floors that have been sanded down multiple times may not be thick enough for another sanding.
– Generally stemming from the subfloor, structural issues can be an impeding cause. In these cases, the subfloor will often need to be repaired to ensure the new hardwood floor is efficiently installed.
– Extreme movement between the boards in your flooring suggest that there is underlying damage that will significantly impact the sanding and finish quality.
– Excessive poor tongue and groove connection and/or exposed nails.
Hardwood Floor Services & More in Charles Town & Eastern Panhandle of Berkeley & Jefferson Counties in WV | Winchester & Frederick County | Round Hill & Loudoun County | Berryville & Clarke County | Herndon & Fairfax County VA
In any case, whether you are leaning to a refinishing or a replacement in your Virginia home, Mike’s Custom Flooring is readily available and you can be rest assured that the project is completed with satisfactory workmanship. Contact us today.