Hardwood floors are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their timeless beauty and durability. However, even the most well-maintained hardwood floors can become worn or damaged over time. Refinishing is the best option for heavily damaged or worn floors, while resealing is an easier and faster option for well-maintained floors that just need a little rejuvenation. High-traffic areas and those exposed to dirt and grime are more likely to experience wear and tear faster than low-traffic areas or those kept clean. Fortunately, pavement professionals and even skilled DIY homeowners can repair issues such as cracks, scratches, discoloration, minor warping, and gaps. When it comes to hardwood floors, it's important to know when it's time to refinish or replace them.
Here are some signs that you may need a refinishing job:
- Natural wear and tear - Most hardwood floors will need to be renewed every 10 to 12 years due to natural wear and tear.
- Extreme wear and tear - If your hardwood floors have been repainted too many times, grooves in boards and nails may become visible.
- Moisture problems - Moisture is the most common cause of problems in hardwood floors, so knowing the moisture content (MC) of your hardwood floor and knowing the balanced moisture content (EMC) of your location can provide you with the knowledge you need to avoid future problems.
- Damage - If more than 30% of the wooden floor has been damaged, it is more cost-effective to replace the floor instead of trying to re-varnish the wood.
It's important to understand when it's time to refinish or replace your hardwood floors so that you can make an informed decision about how best to care for them. Professional pavement experts can help you determine if refinishing is necessary or if replacing your hardwood floors is a better option. With proper care and maintenance, your hardwood floors should last for many years.