Prefinished hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring adds a touch of class to a room. Whether it’s a residential property or commercial premises, there is something about a hardwood floor that exudes quality. Of course, a product of this quality requires an investment however that investment soon pays off. Unlike carpet, a hard floor will stand the test of time and allow you to refinish multiple times to restore it to its former glory. How long does a hardwood floor last though and when should you consider replacing it? What is the shelf life of this type of flooring?

Factors to consider

The answer to this is not straightforward, after all, there are a number of factors to consider:

  • How much use does the floor get? Is it in a commercial premise that is walked on regularly or is it in an area of the home that sees heavy traffic?
  • Has there been any damage to the subfloor underneath?
  • Have you already refinished the floor a number of times already?
  • Is the floor starting to show signs of real damage like warping, bending and cracking?


Refinishing will extend the life of a hardwood floor

If you have had the floor a few years and have noticed that is starting to go grey, and develop an oily film with a few scuffs and scratches, then it is time to get it refinished. Refinishing a hardwood floor involves sanding back a few layers to remove the visible marks, the grease and the grime. Then, once the floor has been sanded to a satisfactory level, the floor can be finished. This involves washing the floor before applying a stain. Washing the floor first will even out any marks left behind from sanding and ensure that the stain goes on more evenly. Then you can stain the floor to the colour of your choice. This is an excellent opportunity to go for a different look. If you fancy going darker, or even lighter, you can sand back enough of the colour to achieve a new colour when re-stained. Once the floor is refinished you can then enjoy it for a few more years.

Eventually it will need to be replaced

A hardwood floor can be refinished a number of times before it requires replacing, unless it sustains any substantial damage in the meantime. It may be that there has been damage to the property in the form of a flood or a leak. Water damage is difficult to correct without replacing at least a section of the floor. If you are going to replace one bit, it may be a good time to replace it all so that it matches the existing floor. Another reason to replace the floor will be if there is damage to the subfloor. This may not be evident just by looking at the floor but if perhaps the floor looks like it could be warped or moving, this could indicate something going on underneath.

Renovation or redecoration

There may be nothing wrong with your hardwood floor but you might fancy a change of décor. Often the floor can be sanded and re-stained to match the new décor but occasionally you may feel that a new room warrants a new hard wood floor. The beauty of wood is that it is built to stand the test of time so if you do decide to replace it, you know that you are not going to have to do it again for a good few years.

Seek the advice of the experts.

If you are unsure as to whether it is time to replace your hardwood floor then it is best to seek the advice of the experts. You want to ensure that you have the right sub floor for a start. You also need to consider the use of the room and which type of wood will be most appropriate. Most hardwoods are suitable for all areas, but you may decide to go for an engineered hardwood or a specific type of wood. Speak to the experts who will be able to advise you on what will best suit your requirements. They will also be able to measure the room/s and give you an accurate quote. What you want is a company that can supply the floor and the relevant materials as well as carry out the installation for you.


Angie’s list: sourced nov 17, Is it Time to Replace Your Hardwood Floors?

House Logic: sourced Nov 17, Should You Refinish Hardwood Floors Yourself?