If your hardwood floors are starting to look a little worn and banged up, it may be time to refinish them. However, before you start any work, it is important to determine if it is time for hardwood floor resurfacing or hardwood floor refinishing.
Resurfacing involves removing the top layer of your flooring. The top clear coat and the wood are sanded down to remove any imperfections from normal wear and tear. Once the sanding is complete, the wood can be stained or left its natural color and then treated with a clear top varnish to protect the floor and give it a nice shine.
Refinishing your hardwood floor involves a bit more work than resurfacing. Refinishing requires the same steps as above but can also include replacing entire boards and nails, evening out warped boards, and grinding out deep grooves or scratches.
To determine if your floors need refinishing, you will want to look for the following issues with your floor:
• Some of your boards are noticeably bent or warped.
• Sections of the floor are uneven in color and continue to be so after sanding.
• Boards have water damage or have rotted.
• You notice some of the nails are missing from the boards.
• Some of your planks have holes in them.
• You have boards that are missing, cracked, or broken in some way.
If you notice any of these things, it may be time to refinish your floors. When considering it, hardwood floor refinishing is often best left to the pros. The amount of work and skill involved in the process is not easily accomplished by the average DIYer. The investment, of both time and finances, can be great if you try to refinish your hardwood floor on your own. In addition, a hardwood floor that is refinished properly can leave any home looking brand new and in the best of conditions.