A well-maintained hardwood floor can last your home a lifetime. Eventually, however, there’s only so much resurfacing, maintenance, and repairs that can be done before it’s finally time for a replacement. If that time has come for you, there are a few things you should keep in mind!
Knowing the Signs
In order to be sure that you’re in need of a replacement, it’s a good idea to try and spot some of the most common symptoms. You may remember some of these from our blog on the differences between replacement and refinish. As always, structural problems are what you should look for first. Subfloor damage or creaking and movement due to gaps are issues that can’t be properly alleviated with a refinish, especially if you’ve had many refinishes over the years. The same can be said for widespread damage due to water or pests.
Knowing What You Want
You’re probably aware of what your limitations might be due to subfloor type, heating system, and other factors. However, there are other questions that come up in the replacement process. Do you want to maintain the old look, or explore new species to change the feeling of your interior? Do you want to add value to your home in the long term? If so, sticking with solid or engineered hardwood rather than switching a laminate floor is definitely advisable. Thinking of prefinished flooring? This is great in terms of time-efficiency and cost, but if aesthetics are your priority, you’ll get more variety of options and a flush evenness between planks with a floor sanded and finished on site.
Knowing the Right Installer
Replacing your flooring, particularly if you have lots of space in your home, can seem like an intimidating endeavour. However, with the right hardwood professionals by your side, it shouldn’t be! Your installation expert will always be able to assist in finding the right floor for your tastes and budget. Not only could that replacement take less time than a refinish, but the work of a true hardwood expert will ensure only the best longevity for your new floor.
Is it time to give your hardwood flooring the complete overhaul? You’ve come to the right place. With nearly a century of experience, quality, and integrity, Smith Bros. can provide you with new floors that will transform the look of your home. To get started, get in touch with us at (403) 255-7791 today!