With proper care, hardwood floors will last for years.  Very often, they might look worn to you, but all that’s needed is a hardwood refinishing service.

Only a professional will be able to advise.

Take the budget into account. It’s more expensive to replace wood floors than to refinish them. You won’t just be paying for the product, but also labor.  There’ll be removing the old floor and disposing of it properly, as well as a lot of cutting, especially around doorways and moldings. 

On the other hand, you also need to take the age of the floors into account.  Depending upon the thickness, they can sometimes be sanded and refinished up to seven times. Do you feel you've reached that limit?  Do the floors seem unsturdy with too much bounce? Are there far too many scratches?

Replace or refinish?

Unfortunately, there are some times when you will need to replace it. One of those times is if you see black spots.

That means water is under the boards. You’ll get a warning first, because the water will oxidize and, through that process, will start to turn the board colors, such as gray.  If you see that, call for refinishing immediately. Otherwise, left ignored, they’ll just keep getting darker and darker until they eventually turn black; then there’s no choice but to replace them.

Structural damage, such as warping, termite damage, or even the need for subfloor repair is another reason for replacement.

Keep in mind that if budget is a concern, it might be possible to replace only the damaged hardwood boards and not the entire floor.  Again, though, you’ll need the advice of a professional.

Sometimes the reason is purely for decor

There are a lot of beautiful farmhouses in Vermont, some of which were built around the turn of the 20th century.

You might want to update the look with a different species or plank size. Older homes usually have oak floors with narrower planks.  Wide ones are trending right now, sometimes going up in size to seven inches.

 If it’s a color change you want, that’s easy enough by sanding, refinishing and staining them a different hue.

For more information about our hardwood refinishing service or our other products and service, visit the Delair’s Carpet Barn showroom in East Montpelier, serving East Montpelier, Morrisville, Stowe, and Waterbury. Ask about our free flooring estimate.