We understand that renovating your home is an investment, and of course no one wants to spend a lot of time and money redoing parts of their home that can be saved with less effort and less investment. But sometimes you simply have to bite the bullet and dive into a remodel. When it comes to hardwood flooring, you can know that you’re making a solid contribution to the resale value and longevity of your home, but not even hardwoods last forever. Here are some tips from Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR to help you decide whether your hardwoods are worth saving, or whether it’s time to start fresh.

Refinish When:

  • You find scrapes and scratches. Things like dents and dings from heavy foot traffic or pet claws may make your floors look dull and worn, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be replaced. Simply sanding and refinishing your hardwoods should make them once more smooth and pristine without the hassle and expense of replacing them.
  • You’re only looking for cosmetic fixes. If you just want to restore your floor’s original luster and shine, than simply buffing and refinishing them is a great way to rev up their aesthetic appeal without breaking the bank.

Replace When:

  • Your floors squeak and creak. Over time, hardwood planks tend to warp and change their shape, which leads to squeaking as the wood rubs against nails and screws in the floor. This is also a great opportunity to replace your subfloor, which could be contributing to the problem as well.
  • You have engineered or synthetic wood. Refinishing floors means grinding and sanding down the surface of the wood, which works great for solid pieces of wood, but not so great for synthetic and engineered alternatives. Most of these flooring materials are made up of composite material that is simply topped with a veneer layer in the desired wood or a photographic decal. These are both too thin to be refinished. If you have heavily damaged engineered or synthetic floors, it’s probably time to replace and update them with something new.
  • Your floors are structurally unstable. If you’re starting to feel like you’re living in a perpetual earthquake as you walk across your hardwood floors, you can know that it’s time to replace them. This is generally an indication that there are some issues with the subfloor as well, and that is definitely something that you’ll want to have the professionals, like Floor Coverings International, look into.

To learn more about replacing your hardwood floors, or to schedule a free, in-home consultation, give us a call today!