Once your hardwood floors are installed, you can expect that they will last you for decades. But time is the great equalizer, and even the highest-quality hardwood floor will look like it’s survived a war if it gets dinged up or damaged enough. Pay attention to the condition of your home’s wood flooring, because it might be the time of year where refinishing it is the right call.
Damage from Kids or Pets
Believe it or not, most of the damage to your wood floors will probably come from your kids or your pets. Even though you shouldn’t need to refinish your hardwood floor too often, too much playtime can convince you that it’s well past the time to get it done or redone. While your pets don’t mean to do it, they will leave scratches on your floor. Sand from the cat’s litter box can also cause damage too, especially if you’re not careful.
Your children might also not mean it, but they can leave scratches on your beautiful floor just as often as your pets. They might spill milk, juice, or water while running around on your hardwood floor. Either way, keep a closer eye on the rooms where your children and fur babies play because the hardwood floors in those places will probably need more extensive maintenance.
Strange Colors Appear
When your hardwood floor starts to turn weird colors, it might also be time to have it refinished. Over the years, the original coat of finish can start to fade away. The floor might become uneven as well. Regardless of what ails it, refinishing is a better solution than total replacement. Screening is a process which can pull up the existing layer of finish in preparation for a new application.
You See Gaps Or Cupping
Your hardwood floor should fit together flawlessly. But eventually, you might see gaps or cupping appear. These problems are due to moisture exposure along with changes to due heating and cooling. Refinishing your hardwood floor can get rid of gaps and eliminate any cupping that might be present.
Scratches and Gouges
One last reason to have your hardwood floor refinished is to remove signs of scratching and gouging. Although you can quickly remedy cosmetic damages, if the damage is too deep, or there are too many signs of damage, refinishing can prevent the floors from getting worse.
Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? You Can Trust John K Eareckson & Co.!
When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home or business’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.