Hardwood Refinishing vs Hardwood ReplacementThe great thing is, hardwood floor refinishing is generally an option. So, instead of having to rip out the old top floor and installing a new covering, you simply refurbish what’s already there. And, that really cuts down on time, effort, and cost.
Hardwood floors take a lot of abuse, and over time they can become stained, warped, chipped or just dull. When your hardwood floor begins to appear worn out, you can refinish it to restore its original shine, or you can tear out the floor and completely replace it. —San Francisco GateBut, there are instances when replacement is the only real solution. Therefore, you should be in-the-know about what constitutes a necessity. In other words, it’s best to do small repairs or just refinish hardwood instead of outright replacement.
Biggest Hardwood Replacement Signs Temecula Homeowners should HeedWhen to refinish and replace hardwood floors depends a lot on their overall condition, as well as your own wants and needs. If you are doing some other home improvement, cost is a big factor. Although cost isn’t the only consideration. Here are some hardwood replacement signs you can look out for:
- Gouges. If a hardwood floor is littered with deep gouges, it’s often better to replace than refinish. Another consideration is how thick the boards are and the viability of removing another layer. Gouges are usually quite obvious and are also unsightly.
- Buckling. Hardwood can also pull away from the subfloor underneath. When this occurs, the hardwood buckles. Most often, buckling is the result of severe moisture exposure. Or, if a home experiences flooding. (If it’s due to flooding, the subfloor might also need some TLC.)
- Cupping and crowning. Cupping occurs when the edges turn up and the center stays down. Conversely, crowning is the opposite — the center bows up and the edges stay down, in-place. Either way, cupping or crowning, both are bad and will only worsen over time.
- Hardwood board separation. Temperature and moisture fluctuations can wreak havoc on hardwood. Over time, these two factors can cause the boards to gap and separate. If you see gaps and they don’t close during summer, replacement is probably the fix.