Hardwood floors are a beautiful and durable addition to any home. They look great and can provide a warm feeling every time you walk across them. Unfortunately, once they get old, they can start to look worn out and dated, which is why they require regular maintenance to keep them looking new.
Hardwood floors are some of the hardest surfaces (pun intended) to refinish. Depending on the type of wood being refinished, they can take several weeks or even months to complete. If you are unaware on how to remodel your floors, then you probably won’t know where to start. The first step is to understand the refinishing technique and your project plan. To help, here are several things to consider before starting your hardwood floor refinishing project.
What is Hardwood Floor Refinishing?
Refinishing your hardwood floor is a simple way to restore its beauty and extend its lifespan. It is a process where the top layer of the wood is removed and replaced by a new finish. Your hardwood floor can be refinished every seven to ten years. Depending on their thickness, the floorboards can be sanded four to six times during their lifetime.
The refinishing process starts with a thorough cleaning and inspection of your floorboards. If there is damage, it will need to be repaired before the floor can be refinished. After your hardwood is sanded to clear any scratches, buffing is done to even out the surface. Dust and dirt from sanding will then need to be cleaned, and the surface can then be stained with a colour of your choosing. Finally, a protective coat will be applied to keep the woodwork safe from dents and stains.
When Can Hardwood Floors be Refinished?
Wooden furniture can be finished anytime throughout the year. Please keep in mind that the temperature inside your home should stay between 18°C and 23°C. If you live in a humid environment, you should choose a time during the year when the relative humidity is at its lowest. Alternatively, summer can be a great time to start this project as people may leave the house for extended periods.
Signs that Your Hardwood Floors Need Refinishing
Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for your home. However, it needs regular care and maintenance to keep it looking great. If you notice any of the following problems, it may be time to call a professional:
- Water damage
- Visible scratches, dents, or gouges
- Fading and discoloration from the sun
- Impossible-to-remove stains
- Missing boards
- Splinters on floorboards
Benefits of Refinishing
Hardwood floors are an investment and have many benefits associated with restoring them. One is bringing back your hardwood’s natural beauty by letting flooring experts fix dents, scratches, and other forms of damage. New floorboards may impress friends and family that come by your home, or those viewing the property if it is to be sold. Renovating your hardwood can eliminate hazards such as loose or splintered floorboards as well. Finally, you’ll save money on repairs because you won’t have to replace damaged flooring.
Here at Rome Flooring, we offer a wide range of services when it comes to refinishing hardwood floors, from sanding to repolishing. Our professionals are detail-oriented and ensure your floors are given optimal care. If you like to know more about our services or flooring installations, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to provide you with an estimate.