Hardwood floors can make any home look more sophisticated and add some old style charm. The one thing that many people are often concerned about when they build or buy a home with hardwood floors is how to properly care for them. The job of maintaining a home with hardwood floors in it may seem daunting, but as long as they are regularly maintained, hardwood floors are durable, and can last dozens of years longer than a traditionally carpeted floor.
As time passes, a number of factors can contribute to the deterioration of your hardwood floors. Humidity from the air can cause floorboards to expand and contract, which may cause gaps and squeaks in floorboards and squeaky stairs, as well. Wear and tear can cause damage to hardwood floors, too. If not properly cared for, you can end up with dents and scratches in your hardwood floors. Mishaps and accidents can also cause floors to become damaged, thus resulting in repairs of your hardwood floor.
While it is rare, dents and scratches can be so deep that it is necessary to pull up portions of the floor and replace the floorboards. Squeaky hardwood floors need immediate attention as well. A squeak may add some charm to an older home with hardwood floors, but as any homeowner with a hardwood floor knows, it can also be an annoyance. Loose floorboards or cracks in the boards should not be taken lightly.
One of the biggest struggles that homeowners have with their hardwood floors is deciding when a floor needs recoated or refinished. Hardwood floors can go years without needing any special attention outside of mopping, sweeping, and regular vacuuming. Much more than that and you may be over-maintaining your hardwood floors.
For some homeowners, the decision to recoat or refinish can be a confusing one. There are a few noticeable differences in recoating and refinishing which, once understood, may help you make the decision the right decision for your hardwood floor. Each option will give you the same result: a beautiful, long lasting hardwood floor.