Hardwood floors can transform the look of a room to sheer elegance, with an open, clean and spacious feel. And if properly cared for, they last for decades. However, over the course of years due to the dirt, sand particles and debris that are brought into the home, you begin to notice your hardwood floors look dull and worn.
One way to bring wood floors back to their original beauty and luster is by refinishing the hardwood, which is a fairly simple process when you understand how it works. Also, there may be some typical wear and tear of hardwood flooring that needs to be repaired. The following adresses many of the questions you may have in deciding if you should repair, refinish or replace hardwood floors.
How much does it cost to restore & refinish my hardwood floors?
The average cost to refinish hardwood flooring ranges from $1-$3 per square foot, depending on the condition of the wood flooring. If the hardwood is still in fairly good condition, the cost will be lower. In a broader perspective, the typical cost for repairing hardwood floors in a room of 15×15 square feet ranges from $340 to $900 if you do most of the work yourself.
However, it is not recommended to sand and refinish your floors on your own unless you have experience. DIY hardwood floor refinishing has damaged many a beautiful floor, causing more expensive repairs by professional flooring installers to get back to a beautiful finish. Therefore hiring a professional who has the knowledge and skill may be a wise choice. While the cost may be higher, it may be well worth it since a professional will make sure it is done correctly the first time, saving you time and cost in the long run. The results are beautifully finished floors for a refreshed and restored look to the room.
How can I repair scratches in my hardwood floor?
Conceal nicks and scratches in wood floors using color putty sticks. First clean the small area thoroughly then rub the putty stick over the nick or scratch. After letting the putty air dry for a few minutes, wipe the area with a clean, dry cloth. In most cases, applying color to a nick or scratch is all you need to do to repair the damaged area. For a deep gouge in the wood, the repair will involve using wood filler and stain which matches the existing floor color. You can also use color putty sticks to fill in nail holes on a repaired floor after the top coat is applied.
How can I repair cracks in my hardwood floor?
It may be common over the course of the years for hardwood to show small splits or cracks in the surface of the wood. These spot areas can be repaired by using angled nails to fasten the two pieces of the plank together then applying wood putty inside the crack or split to cover and smooth the area. However, if the floor has large cracks you will want to consider refinishing the floor in that area. And if the split in your floor is exceptionally large, it might be the best to consider replacing the plank altogether.
Is it possible to repair gaps in the planks?
At times it is common for gaps to develop between the planks of wood in the hardwood floor, which is most often due to Mother Nature. Wood tends to expand when wet and humid, then contract and shrink as it dries out. This cycle of expanding and contracting with the seasons over long periods of time is the most common cause of gaps.
A good guideline to follow is if the gap is less than the thickness of a dime, then the expansion is normal and there is no action that needs to be taken. It will likely be that as the weather and humidity changes, the gaps will tend to close. However, if the floor gaps are more prominent, you might consider calling a professional in order to tighten up your hardwood floors.
How can I repair buckling in my hardwood floor?
Another common hardwood floor issue over the years is that some boards or planks may warp and lift up from the subfloor to which they have been attached. In this case – called buckling – a hardwood flooring professional will most likely be able to help you identify the source of the buckling problem so that the cause is prevented in the future. Then the professional can recommend the steps necessary to reattach the planks firmly to the subfloor and ensure that buckling will no longer be a concern.
For help to repair or restore your hardwood floors, call Robby at (360) 671-9663. Our flooring specialists will help you answer your questions to repair and restore hardwood floors back to their original beauty and elegance.
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