Do you need hardwood floor refinishing?
The best way to make your wood floors come alive and look as beautiful as possible is to refinish them. Because hardwood floor refinishing brings out the natural richness of the wood, it can also add to the value of your home.
You may be wondering if your hardwood floor needs to be refinished. Some floors don’t need to be completely refinished, and some floors may need more than just refinishing. Here are some guidelines that will help you decide if the time is right for that project.
If your floor has only shallow surface scratches, it most likely requires only refurbishing, which involves repairing the scratches and applying one coat of finish. However, if you have stained or warped boards, squeaky or spongy spots in your floor, then the boards will need to be replaced.
If a drop of water on your floor beads up or even soaks in slowly, you may only need a good cleaning and polishing. If, however, the water soaks into the wood immediately, your floor most likely needs to be refinished.
When you have decided on hardwood floor refinishing, you should know that because the sanding process removes some of the wood surface, your floor will need to be at least 3/4″ thick. Some of the newer floors are as thin as 1/4″, and these can’t be refinished. Also keep in mind that each time you have your wood floor sanded, it becomes a little thinner, so you can only have your floor refinished a certain number of times before it will have to be completely replaced.