It can come as a big surprise to tear out carpeting or linoleum in an older home and find hardwood underneath. It might even be a pleasant surprise if you love the classic look of hardwood. However, if the flooring isn’t in the best condition, you may feel disheartened and suspect you will need to do what the last owner did and cover it up again or go to the expense of replacing it. Before you do either of those things, it is wise to have a hardwood floor refinishing professional take a look at it. It could be completely restorable for less than you might think and definitely less than putting in new hardwood.
The question about whether hardwood floor refinishing can restore a severely damaged floor depends on a couple of things – the extent of the damage and whether the existing hardwood can survive the sanding and refinishing process. Even engineered hardwood, which can only go through hardwood floor refinishing a limited number of times, can be restored if it only needs a light sanding, such as to remove the glue residue from the flooring installed on top of it or to resolve scratches and other dings that aren’t very deep. A hardwood floor refinishing professional can assess the condition of the hardwood and determine whether it is engineered or solid with enough material left for the restoration process.
It is difficult to understand why anyone would choose to cover up a hardwood floor, but perhaps they just didn’t know how effective hardwood floor refinishing is. Here at Complete Flooring Works, we take great pleasure in bringing hardwood floors back to life in homes throughout the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Feel free to give us a call to schedule a consultation and inspection to see if we can do the same for your home.