So you have this beautiful hardwood floor that you’re really enjoying, but the question is, when do you need to get it refinished? There are general guidelines on how often solid hardwood floors should be refinished, though they can be done more or less often depending on your situation and circumstances. However, regular maintenance should always be done to maintain the look and integrity of your hardwood floors.
What is Refinishing?
Refinishing a wood floor involves sanding down the top layer and then resealing your wood floor. Every time a wood floor is refinished, the plank becomes a bit thinner as the top layer of the wood is removed through sanding, so this can only be done a set number of times before the floor needs to be replaced.
How Often Do You Normally Refinish Wood Floors?
On average, solid hardwood floors should be refinished are every 7-10 years. Most solid hardwood floors can be refinished 4-6 times, which means a solid hardwood floor could last for more than 60 years with proper care and maintenance. Refinishing is an important part of every wood floor maintenance routine to ensure the longevity of the floors.
Can You Refinish Your Wood Floors to Remove Damage?
The short answer—yes! If your floor has sustained damage, having it refinished is a surefire way to remove the damage and get it looking like new again. You should consider refinishing your wood floor if it has:
- Dents, scratches, and deep gouges
- Significant fading
- Stubborn stains
- Water damage
What About Engineered Hardwood Floors?
Engineered hardwood floors are different from solid hardwood floors. They have a thin top layer of wood they use as an aesthetic, while the bottom layer of the plank is made up of plywood or some type of wood composite. The problem with engineered hardwood floors is that they can only be refinished once (twice, if you’re lucky) before they need to be replaced. The reason for this is that the sanding will quickly expose the plywood or wood composite.
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.
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