Hardwood DisposalHardwood floor disposal is another matter. Because it’s remodeling debris, it takes quite a bit of effort to manage it. Put another way, as you take up a hardwood floor, you’ll create a huge mess. (One that combines both the wood planks, along with the trim, the fasteners, glue adhesive, and more.) So, like any other renovation, it’s best to have a junk hauling service ready-to-go, in advance.
Old-growth wood–typically, Douglas fir, oak and maple–has higher density and fewer defects than new wood, and often comes in lengths of 12 ft. or more, which you won’t find at a big-box store. Salvaging it from an old home takes time but saves money; boards wider than the standard 2 1/4-in. strips are particularly valuable. —Popular MechanicsAlso, think about what you’ll do when the space is bare. After the flooring is out, the subfloors will become fully exposed. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It does give you the chance to make any repairs. But, it also means having to keep it clean and do a deep clean just before installing the new floor covering.
Wood Floor Failure Signs in Punta GordaThere are times when too much damage is present and no amount of restoration will salvage the whole floor. So, when to refinish and when to replace depends on the circumstances. Here are the top wood floor failure signs to heed:
- 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.