Hardwood floors are one of the best investments you can make as a homeowner. They are long-lasting and beautiful, and serve to give your home a classic and timeless feel. Hardwood floors can begin to look worn after years of foot traffic however, losing their sheen or collecting scratches. Old, worn-in floors are not a sight you want to be greeted by when you come home everyday. Luckily, there is a way to restore your hardwood floors back to their original luster without having to replace them. Refinishing your hardwood floors is a great way to get back that look of having brand new hardwood floors, without having to actually pay to install new ones. The Fairfield Painting Contractors here at Wright Painting & Remodeling have years of experience restoring our customer’s wooden floors back to their original beauty. Here is a short list of 3 signs it might be time to have your hardwood floors refinished that we have put together for our customer’s convenience.
Water Beading Test
Hardwood floors have a protective coat of sealant that protects them from any liquids that find their way onto the surface. This protective coat will make sure that when water or other liquids come into contact with your floors, they bead up instead of absorbing into the wood. If this protective coat on your floors has worn down or worn off, your wooden floors can be vulnerable to water damage. As wood soaks in liquids, it can being to warp or crack, which can result in the need to replace entire sections if the damage gets too severe. A good way to test the seal on your hardwood floors is to take a couple drops of water, go to a high traffic area, and drop them onto the floor. If these drops bead up then your protective coat is still intact, if they absorb into the wood, however, it is probably time to look at having your floors refinished.
When your hardwood floors are first installed, they will fit together almost seamlessly. Throughout the years, exposure to the heat and cold will cause your floors to expand and contract, causing minor gaps to appear in your floor. Gaps can even form just from regular foot traffic over time. Gaps can be a serious issue for your floors, however. When your floorboards no longer fit together tightly, they can begin rubbing against each other, causing further wear or chipping, and can cause some boards to become so damaged, they can no longer be repaired easily. If you can see noticeable gaps in your wooden floors, it is definitely time to have them refinished so those gaps can be tightened back up.
Deep Scratches Or Gouges
If you floorboards have a multitude of visible scratches, or even deep gouges in the wood, it is definitely time to have them refinished. While some light scratching can probably be taken care of by just applying a new finish, deeper scratches or gouges are going to need some more serious work.
If your floors are starting to show their age, or you just want to get your floors back to their original beauty, refinishing your hardwood flooring is the solution you’re looking for. Give the professionals at Wright Painting & Remodeling a call today, and let us make your wooden floors look like new again.