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Should I Refinish My Hardwood Floors?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Solid Wood vs. Engineered Wood Flooring: What's the Difference?

Hardwood floors have many lives. What we mean by that is, depending on the type of flooring you have (engineered or solid), they can be sanded-down and stained anywhere between 1-10 types. Refinished wood flooring can last years if the floors are treated gently. This is a very time-consuming task, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be worth it!

 

Differences between Engineered and Solid Hardwood Flooring

 

As the name suggest, solid hard wood flooring is a solid piece of wood throughout the entire plank. This is going to be your best choice for sanding and refinishing your flooring many times throughout its lifespan

 

Engineered flooring on the other hand is less expensive than solid flooring, however it comes at a cost. If you plan on refinishing your flooring, you are going to be extremely limited. You’re only able to refinish once because the board is composed of a surface hardwood layer that is relatively thin, while the rest of the board is a high quality plyboard.

 

Benefits to Refinishing your Wood Floors

Mohawk Windworn Hickory 3/8" Thick x 5" Wide x Varying Length Engineered Hardwood  Flooring & Reviews | Wayfair

 

Flooring might seem like nothing major to worry about, but it’s what brings the whole room together. You could have the fanciest couch in the world with beautiful walls, but if your wood floors look atrocious, the whole room collapses. Especially if your home is older, you can give it a more updated and finished feel.

 

If you’re looking to add value to your home right before selling, according to Money.com, finished hardwood flooring can add anywhere between 3-5% to your home’s value.

 

Evaluate the Condition of Your Floors

 

It’s important to take note of the condition of the flooring, and whether you can benefit from refinishing or if it’s better to replace the boards entirely. Here’s some key things to look out for:

·     Can the floors withstand another sanding?

·     Are the floors damaged?

·     Do the floorboards smell?

·     Are there soft spots on the floor?

 

Alternatives to Refinishing Hardwood Floor

 

There are times when you can benefit from alternatives, such as when timing and budget might be issues. These alternatives allow for you to push back the time or just enjoy a different aesthetic if needed.

·     Painting Hardwood Floors

·     Temporary Repairing hardwood flooring

·     Sealing hardwood flooring

How To Refinish Hardwood Floors - DIY Home Improvement | HGTV

There’s a lot to consider when you’re debating on whether to refinish your hardwood flooring or not. It’s important to do your research and determine your flooring’s conditions before starting. Ask your contractor questions to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to shoot us a call at 651-493-3012 or email us at office@homestead-llc.com for more information!

 

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