Refinish or Replace Hardwood Floor

Are you considering refinishing or replacing your hardwood floor? Refinishing your wood floor can be a little tedious but offers great results. But when is it time to completely replace your hardwood flooring? When thinking of any exterior wood repair, you should consider the overall condition of your hardwood floor.

Considering time, effort, and appearance when deciding whether to refinish or replace hardwood floors could result in installing new hardwood floor altogether. Read on to understand which method is best for you when considering a change with your hardwood flooring.

Refinish or Replace Hardwood Floor

Consider What It’s Worth

• Do you have more than just an aesthetic reason to refinish your hardwood floor? If you have some creaking or warping on your wood floor, you might want to consider more than just refinishing them.

• How much are you willing to spend? How much is the price of installing hardwood floors? Sometimes with tool rentals and time invested in refinishing your floor, it could equal the same as replacing the floor altogether. You need to consider the cost to refinish vs replace hardwood floors.

• If you’re looking for a quick fix, then refinishing could be the right option for you. However, if you want to update your home’s look and feel or just have a new floor altogether, then it might be better to replace your hardwood floors with something new.

Hardwood Refinishing

• Hardwood flooring that is ¾ inches thick could be refinished 4-6 times in its lifetime which could be 20+ years.

• Hardwood refinishing gives your floor a new look. Not a new life. If you can fix and fill in any minor gaps or surface scratches then it’s easy to make the floor look good as new, but remember that your boards are still the same age and have now been sanded thinner.

• Refinishing can be affordable if you have the tools available and the time and effort to complete it. It does take a while.


Replacing Hardwood Floor

• Replacing your hardwood floor can be a good feeling, in with the new and out with the old. It allows all imperfections to be perfected and changed a lot quicker than refinishing hardwood floors.

• When you replace a hardwood floor, you are avoiding all the harsh chemicals used if you chose to refinish.

• Replacing can be easier and less time-consuming since you don’t need to go through as many steps as you would if you refinished the floor.

Although an easier alternative in most cases, it can be more expensive than refinishing your floor and also not always as necessary – which means buying more supplies and if you’re into ‘going green’ then this option is not as beneficial for the environment.

When Is It Time to Refinish or Replace Hardwood Floor

How to tell if hardwood floors can be refinished? And when should hardwood floors be replaced?

It’s always tricky to know when you should refinish or replace an old hardwood floor. It’s not like you can just go to Home Depot and pick up a new one.

So, how do you know when the time has come to take the plunge?

Here are some things to consider:


• Is your wood flooring old enough to be considered antique? If so, it might be worth investing in refinishing instead of replacing it. Antique floors can be quite valuable, and if you’re able to restore them properly, they can last for decades.

• Is your flooring still structurally sound? If it’s been damaged by water damage or other factors that have weakened its structure, then replacement may be necessary. If the floor is still structurally sound and looks good from afar, though, refinishing could be all that’s needed for an extended lifespan.

• Is your wood flooring loose? Is the wood still attached to the subfloor? If it is, then refinishing could be a good option. If it’s not and has come up in places, replacement may be necessary.

Floor Staining

Regardless of your decision to either refinish or replace your hardwood floor, you will be maintaining the value of your home.

Hardwood Floor Installation and Staining | Home Painters Toronto

Deciding which method to change up your floor depends on the necessity of it. If you have more serious damage like water damage throughout, replacement is absolutely necessary. If you have a few minor imperfections, then hardwood refinishing is a better option.

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