Hardwood floors are an incredible amenity to have in one’s home. According to data from 2014, up to 90% of American homeowners preferred living in a home with hardwood flooring or tile in their kitchens, but hardwood flooring has been associated with luxury for hundreds of years. Hardwood floors are so popular because of their sophisticated look, beautiful color, and easy to clean surface, and long lasting nature.
However, even the most beautiful of hardwood floors have their limitations. Over time, hardwood flooring will wear down (especially without regular maintenance and treatment), and after a certain number of years pass, they won’t be able to be refinished again. When this time comes, you may need to consider a new hardwood floor installation.
But how do you know when it’s time to purchase new hardwood floors?
When to replace your hardwood flooring
Because hardwood flooring can last for so long, many times it can be difficult to know when your flooring should be replaced. However, the following signs can help you determine whether or not your hardwood flooring may need to be replaced.
- Your hardwood is oversanded
Refinishing your hardwood flooring is a great way to make it look brand new again without losing the original wood. However, hardwood can only be sanded down so many times before the wood becomes too thin. Once the hardwood becomes too thin, you’ll begin to feel the nails of the flooring below. Depending on the number of times your hardwood flooring can be sanded down ultimately depends on the manufacturer. However, it’s typically recommended that hardwood flooring is only sanded down between three to five times. After that, it may be time to contact hardwood floor installation services.
- The floor’s been damaged by water
Water damage is never good in any home, but especially in homes with hardwood flooring. This is because too much moisture in the hardwood can cause the wood to peel, bend, and buckle, causing not only damage to your beautiful floors but also a huge safety hazard. In some cases, you may be able to get away with a hardwood floor repair. But depending on the severity of the water damage, you may need all new flooring.
- Your flooring is antique (not in a good way)
Old wood can have wonderful character, but like all things, it comes with an expiration date. Hardwood flooring can last up to 25 years before it starts to become soft and bouncy with decay. The older these floors get, the less shine they sustain even with repairs and refinishing. If the last time you installed your floors was when you became a new parent and now your child’s graduated College, it may be time to consider a new floor installation.
Your original hardwood floors have a lot of memories in them, but with time and damage, you’ll eventually have to seek out new flooring. Consider it a new adventure rather than a loss. Your home will soon be shining like new again.