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Should You Refinish or Replace Your Denver Hardwood Floors?

The benefits of hardwood floors are numerous, including lower cost over time, fewer places for allergens to hide out, and a classic aesthetic that is arguably the most popular flooring option around. If you have a home with wood floors and you’re trying to decide between refinishing or replacing them, then you have some things to consider.
The main reason people opt to refinish their Denver hardwood floors is cost. Between having to rip out and haul away the existing floor and having to purchase everything that’s needed for the new floor, replacing can be up to 5 times more expensive than refinishing your current hardwood flooring. Another reason people prefer to refinish is because they want to maintain the original beauty and charm in an older home, as this can sometimes be lost if the original wood floors are replaced.
However, not all wood flooring is a good candidate for refinishing and you want to make sure you make the best decision for your home before you spend any time or money on the project. Here are the three basic things to you should think about before deciding to refinish your hardwood floors.
While refinishing can fix many cases of wear and damage, it’s important to determine the severity of the issues first. Is your wood flooring warped? Are there gaps between the boards? Is there movement in the boards when you walk on them? In cases where the wood floors are very old and decaying, have been refinished a number of times before, or the subfloor is damaged, refinishing will likely not be able to fix the problem. Replacing your wood flooring is a much better solution in these situations.
Between the prep work, sanding, cleaning, staining, sealing, and drying time, refinishing a wood floor will take longer than replacing it. Oftentimes, people decide that this sacrifice is worth the money saved by refinishing their hardwood floors. However, depending on the size of the project, you should definitely plan ahead for how you and your family will live in the home while the project is under way.
This one is a bit more obvious, but if you decide to stick with your original flooring you’ll have fewer options for changing the appearance of your floors. While a new stain can work wonders, many older homes were built with narrower oak boards. If you have your heart set on a more modern look with wider boards, a more eye-catching grain, or want to change the direction of the boards then replacing them is the way to go.
Still not sure which option is best for your floors? Take a look at our Customer Gallery for some inspiration or contact TGB Flooring today and we can have one of our friendly professionals come take a look at your flooring project. We’ll be able to provide you with expert advice on the best route to take for your wood flooring project, explain your options, and answer any questions you may have.