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Renew or Replace: The Hardwood Flooring Dilemma

May 2, 2024

In the world of home renovation, one question often emerges when it comes to hardwood floors: should I refinish my existing floors or opt for brand new floors? It’s a decision that homeowners wrestle with, weighing the costs, benefits, time and overall effort. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of both options, and we will also provide an option you might not be aware of . We hope to help you navigate the path to beautiful floors that suit your budget and your lifestyle.

Hardwood Flooring

This decision-making dilemma usually arises when your hardwood floors are in need of some TLC. The  cost of refinishing hardwood floors versus getting new floors can vary depending on several factors, including the condition of existing floors, the type of wood, the extent of damage or wear, and the desired outcome. In general, refinishing hardwood floors tends to be a more strenuous effort than installing new floors, as it involves sanding down the existing finish, repairing any damage, and applying a new stain and finish. Refinishing hardwood floors can also be extremely messy, covering your home with dust from sanding down the original stain. Because of this, Dalton Floor Tailor has created what we call a “dust-less” refinishing process. Of course dust is still unavoidable, but our method greatly enhances the clean-up method. The general consensus is that if the hardwood floors are extensively damaged or outdated, replacing them with new flooring may be easier and more cost-effective in the long run. 

Over time, hardwood floors can experience various forms of damage and wear that may require refinishing to restore their appearance and structure. Scratches, scuffs, and dents can occur from everyday activities such as moving furniture and pet interactions, while fading or discoloration may result from prolonged exposure to sunlight. Water damage from spills,  leaks, or pet accidents can lead to warping, staining, or discoloration of the wood, while high-traffic areas may show signs of wear, like dullness or thinning of the finish. Additionally, deep-seated dirt, stains, or chemical spills can mar the surface of the wood, while changes in humidity levels can cause warping or buckling. With the experts at  Dalton Floor Tailor we do our best to replace boards or sections of flooring that best match your current hardwoods. It might not always be a perfect match, but it’s pretty darn close!

Luxury Vinyl Plank & Laminate Flooring

When considering whether to refinish hardwood floors or opt for new flooring like Luxury Vinyl Plank or Laminate, it’s essential to weigh the benefits of each option. While refinishing hardwoods can address surface-level damage and wear, newer flooring materials offer several advantages that may make them a superior choice. LVP and Laminate, known for their waterproof, stain-resistant, and scratch-resistant properties, provide unmatched durability and longevity compared to traditional hardwood. With today’s advanced technology, these flooring options mimic the look and feel of real wood while offering resilience against moisture, stains, and daily wear and tear. Not to mention, the installation process for LVP and Laminate is often quicker and more cost-effective than refinishing hardwood floors, making them a convenient and budget-friendly  solution. Ultimately, the decision between refinishing hardwood floors and installing new flooring depends on individual preferences, budget considerations, and the specific needs of each home.

A Third Option

If you’re unsure about removing your hardwoods and adding LVP or Laminate, there’s a third option! You can actually lay LVP or Laminate on top of your current hardwood flooring. This is the perfect option for a season of life that involves new pets, young children, a busy lifestyle, or if you just want a fresh, new look. The time it takes to lay LVP or Laminate on top of hardwood varies, but it is much quicker and more efficient than refinishing hardwood or replacing it. Another bonus is that by laying new flooring on top of your hardwoods you can preserve the integrity of the original flooring. This is especially beneficial if the hardwood is still in decent condition but requires a refresh or update. Finally, installing LVP or Laminate over hardwood can be more budget-friendly compared to refinishing or replacing the hardwood entirely. It eliminates the need for the removal and disposal of the existing flooring, saving you money on labor and materials. Just make sure the flooring underneath is cleaned and proper padding is laid before installation. It’s that easy, and Dalton Floor Tailor can help you through the  process!

The decision between refinishing your current hardwood floors and opting for new flooring is a significant one. While refinishing offers a way to breathe new life into existing hardwoods, newer flooring options like LVP and Laminate provide enhanced durability, versatility, and they are easier to maintain. The decision to refinish or replace your floors ultimately depends on your specific needs, preferences, and budget. And for those considering laying LVP or Laminate over existing hardwoods, it’s a convenient option that offers the best of both worlds. Whatever path you choose, rest assured that Dalton Floor Tailor can provide beautiful, functional floors within reach, enhancing the comfort and style of your home for years to come.

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