As with any other component in the home, your floors will at some point require your undivided attention. If you have wood floors, this begs the question: Should you refinish or replace hardwood floors? We’ll explain how to determine the best course of action from a cost and longevity standpoint.
The Cost Factor
Refinishing will almost always be cheaper than fully replacing floors. There are more costs associated with replacement. Aside from the new wood panels, there are also the labor costs from removing and disposing of the existing floor.
When Replacement is Necessary
Though refinishing floors is more cost-friendly in most instances, it’s not always doable. What factors determine when replacement is necessary?
- Severe damage – As a general rule, floors are considered severely damaged when 30% or more of the surface shows visible signs of chipping, warping or cupping.
- Movement – if you feel wiggling when you step over the boards, there are major gaps between panels. Refinishing won’t secure the panels in place.
- Frame damage – a carpenter will need to remove the panels and examine the floor’s frame for structural damage. If there are signs of underfloor damage, floor replacement is necessary.
Other Reasons to Replace Your Wood Floors
You may elect to replace the floor because you want a major aesthetic change. Perhaps you prefer the grain texture of birch or fir over your current floor. Maybe you want a different cut-style or like the look of wide-plank panels. The latter is a big trend at the moment.
Determine When to Refinish or Replace Hardwood Floors
If you decide replacement is the better option for your Missoula home, contact Smiley Wood Flooring. We provide various floor types that suit different architectural styles. When it’s time to refinish or replace hardwood floors, know what options are available. Contact us today for a consultation.
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