This Is What You Should Know About Refinishing
Hardwood flooring is an absolutely beautiful part of the homeownership experience. But, when do you know when to refinish your floors? Through the years, you may notice some changes to your floors, and we here at Jericho Home Improvements can walk you through the process of refinishing, making updates to, and increasing the longevity of your flooring. Here is everything you need to know about refinishing your floors.
Why You Need To Refinish Your Floors
There are several reasons to refinish your floors, but some are very obvious. These changes to your flooring can be a sign that it’s a great time to start the refinishing process and to bring those hardwood floors back to life.
You will visibly see the cupping process happening and this occurs when your floorboards start to become concave around the edges. You may have a home that is affected by humidity as this is the major culprit for the cupping process, but it can also occur because of spills or something dripping in the area, such as a radiator. Sanding and refinishing is the typical solution for cupping.
If you are walking on something sharp and take a look down and notice a splinter, then it is definitely time to have someone look at your floors. The wood beneath your feet could have experienced damage, and if you are feeling or seeing splinters, this also means that the sealant that was put down to secure your wooden floors no longer does its job or has completely worn away. Splinters are a huge sign it is time to refinish your floors.
Dents & Scratches
You may have noticed little scratches and dents on your flooring, and this may just be from them being in a highly-trafficked area in your home. You should notice them when they become widespread and if you have already attempted to sand them yourself and you are not seeing any improvement. This is the perfect time to make sure that you reach out to a professional at Jericho to start the process of refinishing your floors because this turns into deep damage if not addressed quickly.
Graying Of Your Floors
Some homeowners do add color or certain colored overlays to their flooring over the years. However, if you have not done this and the previous homeowner didn’t either, then the graying of your hardwood floors may be suffering from some sort of water damage. This is a time when you need to make a phone call right away to have someone first come take a look at your floors and assess the damage and see if it is in fact coming from a leaking pipe.
Any Discoloration Or Fading
Typically, wood floors can become discolored or fade over time because of sun damage. Like with our complexions, if we do not protect them, this can happen as well, so it’s important to have your floors refinished and sealed to protect them from the sunshine coming through your windows.
Water stains can come from a few places. In many cases, from radiators, heating and cooling equipment, and sometimes even from a window that has a leak. So, if you are seeing water stains this is definitely affecting the integrity of your flooring.
When Is The Best Time To Refinish My Floors?
The best answer to this question is before you see that there is any damage or changes to your flooring. Many companies suggest a nice update of refinishing in both the spring and fall times during the year, and you can set this up to ensure that your flooring is always at its most beautiful and efficient.
What Happens If I Do Not Refinish My Floors?
Over time, if you are not keeping up your floors with refinishing and repairing, there is a chance that the wood will continue to grow darker. You may try sanding it, but that will not always work, and sometimes certain leaks can lead to wood rot and other issues such as mold that can really affect the health and safety of your family.
The best solution is to keep your floors in the best shape possible by maintaining them, ensuring they are sealed and refinishing them.
Jericho Home Improvements makes it easy, and our refinishing page shows the areas that you can have refinished and why it is so important. Because Jericho is so focused on quality and luxury, they have created a professional design team to help you to create exactly what you are looking for.
Interested in refinishing your floors? If you’re in or directly around the Kansas City, KS area, please contact us, and we will be there to answer all of your questions about refinishing your floors and also discuss any options that we have at Jericho.
Please take the time to visit our beautiful gallery which is filled with completed work showing our capabilities, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!