Hardwood is one of the most long-lasting and cost-effective flooring types because when it gets worn or damaged, you don’t have to replace it. Instead, you can schedule floor refinishing. Your provider will sand down the entire hardwood floor to remove any flaws and create a new, fresh surface, then apply a sealant to protect it for the next few years. To tell when your floor needs resurfacing, look for these signs.
When to Resurface Your Hardwood Floor
1. Lots of Marks
Over time, your flooring will accumulate scratches, especially in high-traffic areas like near the front door. You may also have chips, dents, or gouges from hard or heavy objects. Sometimes, older wood that has seen a lot of traffic will even start to splinter. These marks can be sanded out, so the more of them you see, the more you need refinishing services.
2. Water Damage
This kind of damage can occur because of water spilled on the floor or humidity. When water soaks in, it makes the wood swell and warp, so the floor may become wavy. The edges of each board may curl upward in what’s called “cupping.” You may also see water stains. Refinishing leaves the surface smooth and flat again and removes the stained surface wood.
3. Color & Texture Changes
Over time, particularly in areas that you walk on most often, the sealant on the wood will wear away. This will first make the floor look dull, then introduce brown, gray, or black stains from dirt and grime soaking into the boards. You can’t clean these away; the area needs to have the top layer stripped off to reveal the natural color of the wood.
If you notice signs that it’s time to refinish your hardwood floor, turn to Flooring Specialists in Honolulu, HI. Serving the island of Oahu for over 25 years, they are one of the area’s oldest hardwood companies and have more recently transitioned to offering a full range of flooring options. For a free estimate, call (808) 842-7755 or visit their website.