Floor refinishing is no simple task to undertake. Whether you plan on doing it yourself or you decide to hire a professional contractor like N-Hance Lakewood, WA, getting your floors refinished requires a lot of time, money, and patience.
When to Move Personal Belongings
Wood flooring is supposed to be allowed to age gracefully and the various imperfections that you might see are all part of the character of the material. But after a while, the floor can start to go from appearing comfortably lived upon to downright ugly and in disrepair. When the latter occurs, then it might be time for you to consider having the work done.
The question, of course, is when does that line get crossed and you decide that it’s time to move all of your personal belongings and heavy furniture out of the room in which you plan to do the work. Not only will you need to clear the area of anything sitting upon the floor but that part of the home will then be off-limits to anyone entering or walking through. Not to mention the mess and the clean-up or the harsh chemicals that are necessary to the refinishing process.
So does your hardwood floor need to be refinished? It’s a good thing to ask yourself before you upend the place and here’s how you should come around to find an answer to that question:
Diagnosing the Condition of your Flooring
The best way to figure out if you are actually in need of refinishing or you are about to sand away grain patterns that have taken shape after years of patient development is by simply assessing the condition of the floor.
For the most part, little tiny scratches and some worn away finish are not a clarion call to re-do the entire surface of your flooring. You may be able to go with a screening and application of a new finish. You don’t need to sand away minor scuffs but use a fill-in-the solution for restoring the appearance of the wood.
But if you look down at the floor and find that you’re wood has sustained some serious wear and tear or even excessive damage in the form of water saturation or broken planks, then you may not just need to refinish the floor, you may need to replace part of it. At the very least you might be able to cover the affected areas, just as long as they are still secure and don’t pose any threat or danger of breaking when you walk over them.
Make a closer observation of the wood in those areas where the finish has been worn away. If these portions of the wood are severely discolored and dirt has become ingrained into the surface beyond repair, then you most likely need to refinish your hardwood floors.
Now that you know which solution is the best for your particular situation, you can take the proper steps to start that process and hopefully avoid the upheaval that comes with refinishing the floors in your home.