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When Hardwood Floors Need Refinishing

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 In: News, Wood Floor Renovations News

A question that sounds like it should be obvious and yet often comes up as a source of discussion is “When do wooden floors need refinishing?” Perhaps the reason why the question is asked so often is that there is no one answer. Refinishing wood floors does tend to depend almost entirely on what the individual homeowner regards as the condition of the floors that require wood floor refinishing, wood floor refreshing, wood floor restoration or needing to be brought back to a better looking appearance. Many homeowners have no difficulty in accepting a bit of everyday wear and tear on their wooden floors. Indeed, many people actually prefer to keep the patina that has been acquired over many years of use, while others are more particular about demanding that their floors retain their original lustre.

Unless the wooden floor in question is an unusually thin one, it is not possible to refinish a wood floor too many times to the detriment of its strength or overall durability, although that does not mean that floors can or should be refinished on an infinite number of occasions. The more antique the wooden floors in question, the better they are at generally being able to handle multiple sanding jobs, due to the greater thicknesses that were often used in the past. Newer forms of engineered hardwood flooring tend to have more limitations in terms of how often it will be possible to refinish them, and the cheaper the engineered floor is, the more limited it will be.

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