People living in Burr Ridge know that a major benefit of hardwood flooring is its long lifespan. If the hardwood floor in your home is beginning to show its age, you may have wondered if it’s time to refinish or replace it. Here’s some information to help you determine your next step.

Refinish vs Replace Hardwood Flooring Downers Grove

When to Refinish:

The average hardwood floor can be refinished several times during its life to get rid of relatively small cosmetic issues like scratches, shallow gouges, and uneven wear in heavy traffic areas. Opinions vary but a common piece of guidance is that as long as you have 1/32 of an inch of the surface layer left, you can refinish. Doing so will help you not only fix these issues but also avoid more serious issues like splintering.  So, if you have been noticing one or more of these minor issues, you’ll want to think about setting aside some time to take care of them.

If you’ve noticed your hardwood flooring is beginning to grey, the situation might be more urgent. As your finish wears thin, water can be absorbed into the wood. This not only results in the grey discoloration your seeing but also threatens the structural integrity of the flooring. The good news is that often water damage can be repaired by sanding the surface and applying a new coat of finish. But it’s definitely something you want to take care of quickly.

When it Might Make Sense to Replace:

Of course, if you don’t have the previously mentioned 1/32 of an inch of top layer left, refinishing is not an option. But even if your floors have some life left in them, there might be other reasons to consider replacing your hardwood floors.

If you have already refinished several times you may have noticed a slight variation in the level of flooring between rooms. This will worsen the more you refinish.

Noisy floors that squeak and crack are another reason to consider replacing your hardwood flooring. If you think that you may be approaching the end of your floor’s lifespan and want to silence the squeaks, removing your old floor will provide an opportunity to install a sound dampening underlayment and to refasten the subfloor to the joists.

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The trusted professionals at Floor Coverings International® of Burr Ridge are experts at helping customers in Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Woodridge, find the flooring solution that is right for them. Call or schedule a free in-home consultation today!

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