2 Signs You Need To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

Do you have hardwood floors in your home? If so, you know how beautiful hardwood can be. When they're installed and finished correctly, they can add a touch of elegance and style to any home. Over time, the hardwood will gain new texture and depth that will only add to the floor's appearance. However, even while the wood is gaining new texture, its finish is also wearing down. Eventually, the finish will wear down to the point that it can no longer keep out water and other elements. When that happens, you'll need to refinish your floor to maintain its appearance. Here are two signs that it's time to refinish your hardwood floors:

1. Scratches are becoming more obvious. It's natural that your floors will scratch a little, especially in high-traffic areas. Some scratching may not be too concerning because it will blend in with the floor's textured appearance. However, if scratches are becoming obvious, the wood's finishing is starting to break down and the floor is absorbing more damage. This is especially true if you start seeing scratches in low-traffic areas. If so, then you may need to sand out those scratches and refinish the floors.

2. Water is staining your floors. One of the primary jobs of hardwood floor finishing is to keep water out. When water falls on your floor, what happens? Does it simply rest on the top of the floor until you clean it up? If so, your finish is probably in good shape. If the water is absorbed by the floor, your finish is breaking down, but may still last for a bit longer. However, if the water is absorbed and then forms a stain, then your finish is practically nonexistent. It's time to refinish to prevent further damage.

Often, the best time to refinish your floors is before you notice a problem. Refinishing your floors can be a big job, depending on the square footage involved. You have to move your furniture and you have to avoid walking through those areas for a few days. If it's been a while since your floors were finished and you have an opportune time coming up, why not take advantage of the opportunity and have your floors refinished? A vacation is a great time since you'll be out of the house. Also, if you're having your furniture replaced, take some time while the furniture is gone to have your floors done.

Contact a hardwood floor refinishing company like JRK Flooring LLC for more information. They can give you an estimate on how long refinishing may take and whether it's a good a solution for your floors.