When you purchase a home that needs some repairs, it is important to take the time to determine what things can be repaired and what things simply need to be replaced. The flooring in a home can often be one of the most expensive investments you may have to make when repairing a home. The guide below walks you through a few things to look for when trying to determine if hardwood flooring should be replaced or simply refinished.
Water Damaged Areas
Many people think that, when they see areas of the floor that have water damage, it means that the floor boards automatically need to be replaced. That is not always the case, though. There are many times when the water damage only damages the finish of the flooring and the areas can be sanded down and stained to create a beautiful new finish. If the areas are rotting away or flaking apart, the boards will need to be replaced because they will not be strong enough to support any weight and could break easily under your feet.
If you walk into the room and can tell that some of the floor slopes down from one side of the room to another, there may be issues with the foundation of the home. Foundations can sink when the ground cannot support the weight of the home. If this is happening, the foundation will need to be repaired before you can even worry about the flooring. The foundation will need to be leveled professionally and then the flooring can be pulled up and realigned so that it is as flat as it can be when everything is said and done.
If you notice that the flooring in the home has boards that are not level with one another, there is a good chance that the subflooring was not laid properly. The boards can easily be pulled up from the floor so that a new subfloor can be laid. The boards can then be reinstalled so that they are even and flat when you walk across them.
If you have decided that only portions of the flooring need to be replaced, you can have those portions replaced with newer boards, have everything sanded down, and have the whole floor stained so that no one can even tell that any areas of the floor were damaged. Meet with a flooring company to determine what your options are before attempting to make any repairs on your own, though. It could end up saving you a lot of time and money in the long run because they may know restoration options that you did not even know existed. Click here to read more about your options.Share