Should You Restore the Wood Floor in an Old Home?

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by

Choosing to restore hardwood floors in an older home is a big decision that requires a careful look at all the options. Though determining if the restoration is worth the effort may help, there are other reasons that can affect your decision. The flooring experts at CMA Flooring offer a few reasons why you may or may not want to restore your wood flooring.

How Much Wear and Tear Has It Sustained?

One of the most common reasons for restoring the hardwood floors Carrollton homes frequently have is the visual wear and tear that may have occurred over time. Pet stains, spills, and water stains can all be minimized with a wood refinishing stain. Other signs of aging such as squeaks and loose floorboards can be restored by being tightened or repatched. It may also be possible to restore small sections of your hardwood floors instead of having to do the entire area.

Is Restoration More Cost-Effective Than Replacement?

Restoring your floors can be considerably cheaper than replacing them. On average, most homeowners spend $1,000-$2,000 on restoring floors. Replacing floors can start can quickly go up in price depending on your wood and square footage. Restoring the floors yourself is an option, while replacing them comes with installation costs and usually has to be outsourced.

Do You Have Time to Complete the Restoration? 

Time is also a factor when considering restoration. Most projects can usually be completed in 3-5 days. After the floors are restored there is also drying time you will want to factor in. You should not walk on the floors for at least the first 24 hours after a refinish, and waiting 4-5 days is recommended before moving furniture back.

Is the Floor Salvageable? 

Although restoration of wood floors is common, there are some times when you should not or cannot restore them and therefore will have to replace them. One such reason would be safety. If your floorboards are loose or if there are structural issues then it’s best to purchase new wood flooring. Also, some floors may have already been restored multiple times, in which case replacing may be a preferable option.

Since some wood flooring may not be restorable, you may be searching for a high-quality replacement, or you may even want to choose a different aesthetic and floor type. To help you make an informed decision on your flooring, contact CMA Flooring. We have a wide selection of hardwood types and finishes as well as many options for the vinyl, laminate, carpet, and tile flooring Carrollton homeowners prefer. Call 972-418-6606 to speak with a friendly representative or come by our showroom today.