Signs It May Be Time To Refinish Your Home's Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring is a very popular floor covering option among today's homeowners. Not only is it beautiful and durable, but hardwood flooring can be sanded down and refinished several times, making it a great option for long-term use. If your home has hardwood flooring, of course you want to keep it looking its best. Specifically, there are a few signs you'll want to be on the lookout for that could indicate the need for refinishing.

Excessive Gouges or Scratches

Surface scratches may be able to be buffed out or addressed with a light sanding, but deep scratches and gouges from heavy furniture items will likely need a complete sanding and refinishing. If you have pets in the home, there's a good chance you'll eventually need to refinish your hardwood flooring in order to remove damage caused by pet nails on floors. Large areas of damage caused by furniture legs or dropped objects will also need refinishing to address.

Discolored Boards

Over time, the protective sealant on your hardwood floors can wear away, allowing elements (such as the sun's UV rays, water, and debris) to reach the wood itself. As this happens, you may begin to notice some discoloration of the wooden boards themselves. If you begin to notice any boards turning gray, this is a sign that you'll probably need to have your flooring refinished within the next few years. Otherwise, you could end up needing more extensive repairs (such as replacement of rotting boards).

Moisture Damage

Be on the lookout for signs of water damage that could lead to the need for floor refinishing. Some of the most common signs of water damage include lifting of individual boards (especially at the corners) as well as separation between boards. After addressing the moisture issue, the floors will likely need to be sanded and refinished.

Drastic Changes 

Finally, if you've simply grown tired of the look of your hardwood floors, you can refresh your floors by refinishing them! Sanding them down and applying a new stain will give them a whole new look without the cost of replacing your flooring entirely.

Refinishing your home's hardwood flooring will take some time, but a professional flooring company can handle this for you and make sure it's done right. From there, you can enjoy the look of new flooring in your home without the cost of replacing it! For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Costen Floors Inc.

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