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Hardwood floor maintenance issues: replacement vs salvage

Posted on March 16th, 2012 In: Articles, Floor Sanding Articles

The issue of hardwood floor repair frequently runs into the issue of replacement vs. salvage. Homeowners, particularly those who have purchased a much older home, may look at a hardwood floor that is generations old and wonder if it can possibly be returned to an acceptable state from its current heavily damaged condition.

Indeed, this issue will often come as a surprise to a home buyer, who may buy a home not even realising that there are hardwood floors in the dwelling. During reconstruction and other modifications, however, when carpets, linoleum, or vinyl flooring are torn up, it may turn out that the house has very old hardwood floors underneath. These may be in a dreadful condition – can they be salvaged?

In many instances, the answer will be a resounding yes. Hardwood floors can be repaired as long as the remaining surface is still thick enough to withstand a thorough wood floor sanding job. Estimates do vary by type of wood and other factors, but in many cases a complete floorboard sanding job will only abrade away 1/64th of an inch of surface. This means that floors can generally be sanded several times without an issue developing.

The best way to be sure when you make a decision of replacement vs salvage is to contact a London floor sanding services firm and ask for an evaluation of your individual home refurbishment circumstances. The professionals who work with hardwood floors will have the experience needed to offer you excellent guidance.

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