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Denver Hardwood Floors: Refinish or Replace? How to Decide


January 2, 2019

Hardwood floors provide a timeless option for homeowners and are an investment with not only financial returns but many healthy, long lasting, and aesthetic returns as well. Whether moving into a new home or determining the future of your own hardwood flooring, there are a number of factors to consider when trying to decide between a simple refinish or complete replacement. 

Both provide their own distinct set of pros and cons and a lot has to do with the length of time for the flooring to have been in place. Typically, a newly installed hardwood floor will withstand five to seven refinishing jobs before beginning to show its age. With refinishing only needing to be executed every 10 years on average, having a new floor installed will almost last a lifetime.

Even still, there are times when floors need to be replaced so let’s take a look at how to determine the best path for your situation.

Hardwood Floor Replacement


Although replacement is the more expensive option, as stated, a professionally installed floor should last a lifetime with proper upkeep. Some factors to consider are how and where the floor is being used, the amount of traffic it will receive, and how much time you want to spend on a refinish.

Any structural concerns regarding the current flooring need to be addressed when making a decision. If a refinish isn’t going to allow for the floor to meet building code and provide a solid surface, then replacement may be the only viable option.

When refinishing hardwood floors, how long does it take should be the question asked by every homeowner. While the process itself doesn’t take an inordinate amount of time, the preparation - moving everything away from the area, and time before a floor can be used again adds to the overall time frame. A few homeowners may wish to have a new product in a similar amount of time instead of the refinished floors.

Hardwood Floor Refinish


The cheaper option, refinishing hardwood floors can give them a brand new look at any time. The refinishing process involves sanding down the current floor and applying a new finish but homeowners can also simply recover the floors every five to seven years for an easier refinish when desired.

Refinishing keeps your hardwood floors in pristine condition and gives them another decade of life when complete. The benefits of sanding hardwood floors have impacts from your pocketbook to pest control.

The decision for replacement versus refinishing will come down to personal preference in most circumstances. An owner may want to change the type of wood used, aesthetics that it provides based on plank size or direction, but unless these or a structural deficiency causes replacement then refinishing is the choice. It provides similar benefits and will extend the life of an installed floor for around another 10 years.

Whether you’ve decided or need some professional assistance in reaching a verdict on the future of hardwood floors around your home, then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our highly trained employees are experienced and can assist with the specifics of which factors will influence any addition to your home, as each and every project is going to be different. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB can provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.