Wood floor replacement isn’t always a necessity. The good thing about hardwood is it is actually one of the most durable flooring types. It can last for several decades, even longer, with proper care. And, it’s among the most aesthetic types of floor, often preferred over many others, even tile. What’s more, it doesn’t take much to care for hardwood. Just sweep it weekly and periodically, have it refinished. However, there will come a time when a hardwood floor needs to be replaced.
Refinishing versus Removal and Replacement
The great thing is, hardwood floor refinishing is generally an option. So, instead of having to rip out the old top floor and installing a new covering, you simply refurbish what’s already there. And, that really cuts down on time, effort, and cost.
Old-growth wood–typically, Douglas fir, oak and maple–has higher density and fewer defects than new wood, and often comes in lengths of 12 ft. or more, which you won’t find at a big-box store. Salvaging it from an old home takes time but saves money; boards wider than the standard 2 1/4-in. strips are particularly valuable. --Popular Mechanics.com
But, there are instances when replacement is the only real solution. Therefore, you should be in the know about what constitutes a necessity. In other words, it’s best to do small repairs or just refinish hardwood instead of outright replacement.
Punta Gorda Wood Floor Replacement Signs
But, there are instances when replacement is the only real solution. Therefore, you should be in the know about what constitutes a necessity. In other words, it’s best to do small repairs or just refinish hardwood instead of outright replacement. The good news is, there are some fairly obvious wood floor replacement signs you can look for:
- Separation. Temperature and moisture fluctuations can wreak havoc on any hardwood. Over time, these two factors can cause the boards to gap and separate. If you see gaps and they don’t close during summer, replacement is probably the fix.
- Buckling. Hardwood can also pull away from the subfloor underneath. When this occurs, the hardwood buckles. Most often, buckling is the result of severe moisture exposure. Or, if a home experiences flooding. (If it’s due to flooding, the subfloor might also need some TLC.)
- Deep gouges and thickness. If a hardwood floor is littered with deep gouges, it’s often better to replace than refinish. Another consideration is how thick the boards are and the viability of removing another layer. If the floors have been refinished several times, replacement is a good choice.
- Cupping and crowning. Cupping occurs when the edges turn up and the center stays down. Conversely, crowning is the opposite — the center bows up and the edges stay down, in place. Either way, cupping or crowning, both are bad and will only worsen over time.