Have your hardwood floors seen better days? Refinishing your hardwood floors entails sanding away the existing finish from hardwood floors to reveal the bare hardwood floor. On the other hand, hardwood floor recoating will restore hardwood floors without removing their existing finish. Both recoating and refinishing will be necessary within your hardwood floor’s lifetime, otherwise, the floor may end up needing to be replaced entirely. 

Here are some of the signs for when to recoat or refinish your hardwood floors in order to save money in the long run. Keep reading to learn more from All Flortec Inc, your local hardwood floor maintenance company in West Milford.

Wood floor with major scratching

Scratches and Dents — Refinish

There are a few signs that it’s time to refinish your hardwood flooring. One of the most common signs is noticeable scratches and dents on the hardwood. If your hardwood floor is looking worn with multiple, deep scratches and scuffs, or indentations from furniture, you will need to refinish the hardwood floor to eliminate these blemishes.

Floor with a rug pad

Fading and Discoloration — Refinish

Another sign that it may be time to refinish the hardwood floors is if your hardwood floor is looking faded. The sun can damage hardwood floors, causing them to fade, lose their color, and look pale or gray. In addition, spills can also cause hardwood floor discoloration and staining that can only be resolved by refinishing the wood.

Floor with water spilling onto it

Water Damage/Moisture Damage — Refinish

Finally, if hardwood floor planks are warped, buckling or splitting, or lifting from the hardwood floor surface, this is a good indicator that you need to refinish hardwood floors. This is often caused by water damage and moisture and could cause the wood flooring to grow mold, rot, and essentially crumble over time.

Wooden floors being recoated

Signs It’s Time to Recoat

On the contrary, if you have had your hardwood floors refinished in the past, they may not need completely refinished yet, but rather, a recoat for now. If your floors are looking dull or worn down, now is a great time for hardwood floor maintenance, including a recoat. The easiest indicator that it’s time to recoat is if it’s been 3-5 years since your last coating. This way, you can hold off on refinishing for longer and prevent complete flooring replacement — regular hardwood floor maintenance, including recoating, is the best way to save money in the long run!

Ready to get started? If you need your hardwood floors recoated or refinished, contact our hardwood floor maintenance team at All Flortec Inc. in West Milford, New Jersey. Call us for our everyday competitive pricing!

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