Hardwood floors and wood floors alike are known for their extreme durability and longevity. There have been cases of hardwood lasting for more than a lifetime. However, their longevity depends on the type of wood used and proper maintenance on the part of the owner. Regardless, wood floors tend to be the longest-lasting flooring type out there, sometimes outlasting the original owner’s time in their homes.
However, it’s fair to say that nothing on this planet lasts forever. While refinishing and proper care will prolong the life and viability of your hardwood flooring and are important parts of upkeeping hardwood, there still will come a time when your hardwood floors can no longer serve their purpose. Eventually, if you stay with your home long enough, you probably will need to replace your hardwood floors.
How do you know when it’s time for this extensive project? How can you know when a refinishing job will do the trick and leave your floors looking like new? UB Hardwoods, a Plymouth floor installer and expert in hardwood floors and engineered hardwood flooring, will explain below.
Maintenance or Replacement? A Few Signs to Watch For
Just like any other flooring, your hardwood will no doubt take its fair share of physical abuse over its lifetime. Scuffs, gouges, and spills all can contribute to a dull, lifeless look, not to mention degrade your flooring’s structural integrity over the years. However, hardwood flooring is tough, and regular refinishing can keep it going strong for decades. How do you know when it’s time to replace yours?
● Severely warped wood | While refinishing can fix cosmetic concerns and small disfigurements, if your hardwood’s boards are severely cupped or tented due to moisture exposure, they’ll be needing replacement. Just make sure to fix the water problem before purchasing new boards.
● Wood with movement between the boards | Refinishing this type of flooring is nearly impossible, as the movement of the boards against the sander affects the finished quality of the job. Replacement is a much better option in this case.
● You’re just ready for an aesthetic change | Refinishing generally will not change the way the floor looks, unless you hire an expert, like ours at UB Hardwoods. Usually, if you’re just dying to change the color or texture of your floor, replacement is the best option.
Still Not Sure What to Do? UB Hardwoods is Here to Help
No matter if you’re in need of refinishing or a complete replacement, our Plymouth flooring company can help. Give us a call now at 763-807-4500.