You’ve been staring at that jagged, broken floorboard for what feels like an eternity, but you’re still not sure about professional hardwood floor refinishing. You’re not alone. Many people are unsure they need refinishing, even if that board has been bugging them since the Mesozoic. We understand you might not always know when to pull the trigger, which is where we come in. Here are four reasons going with the professionals for your hardwood floor refinishing is really the only choice:
1. You May Not Know What Type of Wood to Get
It’s not always easy to determine what type of floor you currently have in your house, especially if you do not have extra boards on hand. The most common types of hardwood floors are solid and engineered hardwoods, although laminate/vinyl flooring is also an option. It’s important to watch out for products which look like wood but aren’t real wood, because they need matching and finishing in different ways. A professional can attend to this without trouble.
2. You’ll Need to Refinish the Whole Floor for Color Consistency
If you’ve suffered water damage from the fridge, dishwasher, a flower pot, pet urine, gouges and scratches, and so on, your floor will probably need total refinishing. Here’s why: Solid hardwood floors come as factory finished or on-site finished. In the former case it’s easier to match replacement boards, but in the latter case, it’s much more difficult. The same stain and finish on the same wood will not match if done after a year or more, which means you’ll probably need to replace the damaged wood on that spot and then refinish the entire floor.
3. You May or May Not Have Replacement Materials
This relates to point No. 1, because if you do not have the right replacement materials, it’s hard to know where to go from there. While repairs to traditional and engineered hardwood floors can include replacing the damaged area or boards with the same product if you still have it, many times you won’t. Most engineered hardwood has a limited lifetime on the market because of design trends, usually five years. If you don’t have enough wood for the repair, then the entire floor needs replacement, and you’ll need a pro’s help.
4. You Can’t Refinish Laminate Flooring
Unlike hardwood, you can’t refinish laminate flooring. It’s not glued or nailed to the floor; it floats, which means each board supports its neighbor. If you have trouble with a laminate floorboard, you’ll need to replace the entire floor. So factually speaking, refinishing is only an option for hardwood.
These and other facts make professional hardwood floor refinishing a job for the pros, every time. If you have more questions, we invite you to get in touch with us here at 404-915-5054 or email us today. Our friendly team will answer all your questions and set you up for a quote, so don’t wait to reach out. We’re here for you and your floors.