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Should You Refinish Or Replace Your Hardwood Floors?

The Benefits Of Floor Refinishing

Over time, your hardwood floors can take a beating. From dropping heavy items to just the everyday wear and tear of walking on them, they can become dull, warped or stained. The answer to whether your should refinish or replace your hardwood floor depends on a few factors. In most cases, you can save your floors and your money by taking advantage of , hardwood floor refinishing. It is best to consult a professional for floor refinishing in Toronto first. A professional will assess your floors for you and tell you whether they should be replaced or refinished.

Is It Time To Replace?

There are instances where refinishing cannot be done. Some signs it is time to replace your floors include:

  • Floor boards with too much movement. This excessive movement can make refinishing the surface too difficult and uneven.
  • If the subfloor is damaged. This requires the floor to be lifted up so that the subfloor can be fixed; therefore, it is more cost-effective to replace the entire floor.
  • There is not enough wood left to refinish. If the tongue and groove of the floor is already falling apart or if more than 30 percent of the wood is in poor condition, refinishing is not a good option.

The Cost Of Replacing Your Hardwood Floors

Replacing your hardwood floor costs considerably more than using a floor resurfacing service. Consider this: to replace a floor, you have the cost of ripping up the old one, buying the new floor and subfloor, and then installing it. A properly maintained, refinished hardwood floor could last you 20 to 30 years before it needs replacement. Also, most floors can be sanded and refinished up to seven times.

It is not just the cost savings, but also the appeal of older wood floors to consider. Today’s homeowner wants a hardwood floor that has character, natural features, dark stains, and history. By using a hardwood floor refinishing service in Toronto, you can preserve the natural beauty and appearance of your floors - and this can go a long way if you ever decide to list your home for sale.

Robar Flooring provides exceptional hardwood floor installation, refinishing, and recoating services. Call us today to learn more!

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Samples of hardwood flooring installation

There are many options and possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring installation. Few of the most common types include:

All of the above are either nailed or glued down on top of existing sub-floor. In condominiums or commercial properties where sub-floor consists of concrete, plywood is applied on top of the slab in order to allow for nailing of the floor. All glued down floors can be directly applied on top of the concrete. See diagrams below outlining different floor types, installation techniques as well as examples of transition and finishing trims commonly used.