When to Refinish or Replace Hardwood Floors

By October 5, 2017 4,836 Comments
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We love the durability of hardwood floors, but decades of wear will eventually catch up with them. While many scratches and stains can be sanded out, refinishing can’t fix deep gouges, water damage, or warping caused by constantly changing humidity levels. If you need more than a new coat of varnish, it’s time to replace old floors with a little help from an expert like Malkin’s.

Here are a few things to consider if you have to choose between refinishing or replacing wood floors in your home:

  • If your home has no humidity control, it’s very likely that your floors have gone through many years of expanding and contracting—and that is extremely damaging to natural wood. The subfloor will become uneven and creaky, and the floor will have cracks, gaps, and movement between boards. If you have to remove wood to make repairs, you might as well recover your floor with a fresh new style.
  • Floors that are decades old and have already been refinished a few times may not be worth fixing again. You can only sand off so much before nails are exposed, and the tongue and groove is thin and failing. This is especially true of older pine floors. Most newer floors are made of oak or other harder woods, and are less likely to have deep dents and dings that require heavier sanding.
  • If you want less mess and quicker installation, replacing hardwood floors will usually take less time than refinishing them. Refinishing hardwood floors requires sanding, which is messy and time consuming. It’s especially challenging in your current home, because you won’t be able to walk on these floors for four to six days. You will also need to find a place for your furniture, and even then, everything will be coated in fine dust. If you choose to replace your wood floors with new ones from Malkin’s, all our products are prefinished in an ideal, controlled environment. This means better, more consistent quality, without the mess and odor of dust, stains, and varnishes in your home.
  • Restaining wood floors can freshen them up, but for a seriously stylish new look, replace them with wide, modern planks or unique wood like Brazilian cherry, clear maple, or bamboo. Pros like the ones at Malkin’s can guide you through all your options, ranging from new hardwood or laminate to ceramic and luxury vinyl tile.

Choosing new floors is a big decision, so trust the home fashion consultants at Malkin’s to help you find a look you love. Together with our experienced installers, they will make sure you get lasting quality and value—and make you a raving fan!