No matter how great your hardwood floors are, they aren’t going to last forever. Eventually, all hardwood flooring in Kansas City is going to need to either be repaired or replaced due to age, water damage, or just the everyday wear and tear that happens in our homes. But how do you know whether repairing or replacing is the right option for your floor? The JRK Flooring team has been hard at work on flooring in Kansas City homes for years. We’ve helped many households restore or replace their hardwood floors, so we can help you determine which option is right for you thanks to our experience in the hardwood flooring industry. Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your hardwood flooring in order to determine if you should repair it or replace it.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Hardwood Floor
Is there damage to most of the floor or just in certain areas?
If the damage to your wooden floors is extensive and across most of the area, it might be time to replace. If you only have damage in a certain area, our team may be able to make repairs to that specific area and stain it to match the rest of your flooring. That can help you save money on the cost of a total replacement while still fixing the damaged areas.
Is the damage primarily to the surface of the wood?
Surface damage can be easily repaired in most cases. The beauty of hardwood flooring is that it can be sanded down, removing scratches and dents on the surface to reveal a fresh plane underneath. That can then be refinished and leave your floors looking as good as new again. If you’ve refinished your floors a number of times, though, they may be getting too thin to refinish again, in which case you’ll be looking at a replacement.
Is there any water damage to the flooring?
Water damaged boards may need to be replaced if they are warped. If the water damage is primarily to the stain or finish of the wood, our team may be able to sand that out and simply refinish the surface. A professional can evaluate the extent of the water damage and tell you which option would be best.
Are you happy with the color and pattern of the wood?
Some people think that because they are unhappy with the stain or color of their hardwood floors, they will have to replace it to achieve their desired look. That’s not always the case. Sometimes you can save on the cost of replacing your floor by simply having the floors stripped and restained with the color of your choice.
How many times has the floor been refinished?
If your floor is very old or has been refinished a number of times, it might be time to replace it. Floors can only be sanded down and refinished so many times before they become weak and are at risk of cracking or breaking. That can put your floors and your safety at risk, so it’s best to replace them when they get too worn down.
The best way to determine whether you should repair or replace your wooden flooring is to speak to a professional. The JRK Flooring team can send someone to your location to evaluate your floors and tell you whether they can be repaired or if you need to replace them. Either way, we’ll give you a free estimate on the cost so you can get the floors that you want for your home at a great price. Give us a call today or contact us through our website to learn more.