Is Hardwood Floor Refinishing Worth It?

August 31, 2020 at 6:00 AM
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Whether you’re a new homeowner with elegant hardwood floors or you’ve been neglecting refinishing them for some time, hardwood floor refinishing can turn even the most neglected wood into beautiful, attractive flooring.

But many homeowners question whether or not it’s worth it to refinish their flooring in place of installing new hardwood. While each option has its pros and cons, it’s important to understand just how much difference refinishing can make in your home. Here are a few factors you should consider when weighing whether or not refinishing your hardwood flooring is the right call.

Age of the wood

Not all homeowners know the age of their hardwood floor. This is especially true for those who have purchased older homes. However, even hardwood that isn’t decades old can show signs of wear relatively quickly—especially if your floors see a lot of active foot traffic.

Still, older wood comes with a few other considerations. While scuffs, scratches, and dents are common in wood of all ages, older wood invariably shows more signs of wear. And, although wood is one of the most reliable flooring types to stand the test of time in terms of durability, it can become weaker over time.

It’s important to consider if the age of your wood warrants new installation, or if you a refinishing is exactly what you need. American Floor Care can help you determine which service is right for you.

Your environment

It’s also important to consider the humidity levels in your home or business. While this isn’t a dealbreaker for most, more humid environments can delay the process of refinishing. Depending on the humidity level, your hardwood floor refinishing project may take more time than you expect. While this isn’t of huge concern for most Youngstown or Warren, OH, businesses and homeowners, it’s something you’ll want to weigh, especially if you’re looking to refinish your floors during the warmer months.


This is the main consideration for most people weighing whether or not to refinish their floors or to install new flooring altogether. Many people explore a DIY approach, thinking that they will save significant sums when compared to hiring a professional floor care company.

While they may save some costs upfront, most find out very quickly how challenging it is to properly sand and refinish hardwood floors. Not all floors are a relatively simple project; many hardwood floors require extra care due to their age, condition, the total area covered, and other factors.

Many homeowners who choose this DIY approach often wish they had chosen a reliable flooring refinishing company to take on their project for a few reasons. First, the workload is more than many homeowners want to take on, especially as we’re spreading more time indoors lately. The other key reason is that an eye for detail that’s been sharpened through years of experience proves invaluable.

Trust American Floor Care for your refinishing needs

Whether you’re looking for a complete refinishing project throughout your home or are considering finally getting to refinishing that one room you’ve put off for a while, American Floor Care has you covered. Reach out to us today to learn more, or to book your appointment.

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