How Often You Should Refinish Hardwood Floors
Do you have hardwood floors? Are you getting bored of the look of them and want to change things up, or are you one of those people who can’t keep things the same for more than a few months? Hardwood flooring is great because it gives you so many options to keep things fresh without replacing your entire floor. If you want to refinish hardwood floors your self, read on to learn how often you should refinish hardwood floors and how to repair hardwood floors and refinish your floors before laying hardwood flooring down over them.
Materials You Will Need for installing Hardwood flooring:
- Dust Mask/Safety Goggles/Boots
- Mop/Wood-safe Floor Cleaning Agent
- Microfiber Cloth
- Hardwood Floor Finish
- Tray or Jug to put the Finish in
- Paint Roller
- Vacuum & a New Filter
- Spade Bit/Drill
- Circular Saw
- Rubber Mallet
- Utility Knife
- Replacement Hardwood Flooring
- Pry Bar
- Measuring Tape
- Pneumatic Nail Gun/Nails
- Wood Putty
- Vapor Barrier Paper
- Felt or 15lb Tar Paper
1. How Often Can You Refinish Hardwood Floor?
- Usually engineered hardwood flooring is ¾ inches thick or sometimes more. With this thickness it is safe to refinish them up to 4-6 times.
- If you are happy with your flooring and just want to refinish your flooring to give them new life, hardwood flooring usually only needs to be refinished once every 7-10 years.
2. Repairing/Patching A Hardwood Floor
- Visually determine where you need to replace the hardwood floor and, if necessary, draw a line so you know where to cut and remove the damage.
- With a chisel about 1”, cut through the top of the hardwood flooring about 1/8”.
- Using a spade bit you should drill 2 holes next to the line to remove the rest of the wood.
- Chisel along the trim and the full edge of the butt joint carefully and accurately.
- You can use a carbide tipped blade for flooring that will cut through nails to get rid of all the old hardwood that has been damaged.
- Get your replacement piece ready, hopefully you found one that has perfectly matched your existing hardwood floor plank but it can be hard to find – matching up the stain of your old hardwood floor to blend might be a little tricky.
- Use a circular saw to cut through the floor very carefully so the saw blade passes down on the flooring just before the other end of the board. Repeat where necessary and make parallel relief cuts about an inch apart down to the centre of the flooring plank that will be replaced. The saw blade should be set about 1/16” deeper than the floor thickness.
- With a chisel, utility knife and possibly a pry bar you should be able to remove the strip of flooring between the relief cuts and pull out the tongue and groove edges of the old floor.
- Measure the length of the old piece of hardwood floors and match the replacement piece and cut to fit.
- Now you can install the new board. Insert the tongue side into the groove and drop into place. Secure by tapping or use a rubber mallet.
- Drill 1/8” nail holes by the end of the replacement board and by each joist. Nail in securely and you have repaired/patched up your hardwood floor successfully!
3. Refinishing Your Hardwood Floor
- If you find your hardwood floors need a repair, clean your floor thoroughly first and assess the situation.
- Sand the floor down where it needs to be repaired.
- Wear a dust mask and buff out the area where the damage is. Dust flies around so a dust mask is vital to protect your lungs.
- There will be dust all over the floor boards use that as a guideline for the surface area to cover.
- Leave it to sit for a while, about a half hour should be good.
- When you return to the floor, vacuum up the dust and sweep clean. You can dry tack the floor using a microfiber cloth.
- Apply a finish to the floor with a paintbrush and cut in along the edges.
- Working quickly – apply the finish with a roller and apply it to the rest of the floor where you are refinishing.
- Allow to dry for a solid 3-5 hours time. You should put back any furniture after a day to be sure nothing gets scratched on the freshly refinished hardwood floor!
If you are installing hardwood, congratulations! You’ll have a beautiful charming new floor that will instantly increase the value of your home.
- Measure the room where you will be laying the hardwood flooring down and count some extra space for any diversions from trial and error.
- Make sure your sub-floor is secure. You should have ¾” plywood already down before placing the hardwood flooring.
- If there is any creaking, drill a screw where the sound is emitting from. Clean the sub floor thoroughly before installing.
- You will need to have a vapor barrier paper to roll out over the sub floor. Felt or 15 pound tar paper should be used.
- Using chalk or a pencil, draw where the baseboards and the joists are.
- Remove shoe molding, chalk out a line of 3.8” from the baseboard and place the boards.
- Use a long board for the first row, and align the edge of the board with the chalked line and then drill holes through the hardwood into the sub floor/joist.
- Face-nail the first row instead of using pneumatic nails to assure security.
- Laying the boards vertically to the joists will create solid ground.
- After installing the planks, drill holes into the tongue of the boards and nail in.
- With a pneumatic nail gun, nail into the tongue of the hardwood plank.
- Fill in any gaps and fill holes with wood putty.
The title of this blog is only a fraction of what was explained in this article. There is a lot more to know than just how often you should refinish hardwood floors. Refinishing is the easy part, but if there is a repair or replacement you’ll need to know how to take on those issues as well! Don’t be discouraged, if you maintain your floor by applying a sealant and regular cleaning, it should last you many years. But if you need assistance with refinishing hardwood floors, hardwood floor repairs, or laying hardwood flooring down HPT is your number one solution!
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