Is it cheaper to refinish or replace floors?

Is it cheaper to refinish or replace floors?

January 23, 2023

Your home’s floors go through a lot in their lifetime. And you may be noticing that the floors in the high-traffic areas of your home are beginning to dull or fade. This is when you must decide whether you are going to refinish or replace the floor. Fortunately, research has been done and so, hopefully, the decision will be easier to reach after reading this. 

Our Experts Specialize In Refinishing and Replacing Floors

Cavalier Builders offers professional floor refinishing services which can help to restore and protect your floors. Refinishing can be a more cost effective and time efficient solution than replacing the flooring. All while still providing your home with beautiful and long lasting results. Our floor refinishing services include sanding, staining, and sealing the floors to bring them back to life. We use high-grade products and materials to ensure that the results are long-lasting and of the highest quality.

The Price Factor

Refinishing your floor is always going to be cheaper than replacing it. Replacing a floor is much more expensive since you have to purchase all new flooring, as well as have the old floor ripped up and hauled away. With refinishing, you simply have the floor sanded and restrained, then sealed and finished. 

Refinishing your floor is also less costly to the environment since you are reusing the flooring material that is already installed. This is why refinishing is a more sustainable and healthier option both for your wallet and the environment. Our team at Cavalier Builders can help you make the right decision when it comes to refinishing your floor. Our experienced team can assess the condition of your floor and give you a comprehensive evaluation. 

The Time Factor

While refinishing your floor is cheaper than replacing it, it is also a much lengthier process. This is especially true if you have a home with large rooms and a busy home life. Refinishing requires a lot of tedious tasks like the removal of furniture and the sealing of all the nooks and crannies. Additionally, once the floor is refinished it can’t be walked on until your contractor gives you the green light. 

When replacing a floor it is much less time-consuming and messy. Many times, floors can be replaced in a week or, in some cases, a few days. Some larger rooms may require up to two weeks, but there is no wait time to move back in and onto the floors like there is with refinishing. 

The Age And Condition Factor

Finally, you may want to consider the age and condition of your flooring before you decide on whether you should refinish it or if it is time to replace it. Typically, a floor can be refinished up to ten times. However, having a professional come in to help you make the most informed decision is not a bad idea. If your floor has been refinished a number of times and the boards are now too thin to refinish, it is finally time to replace them. 

Additionally, water damage can sometimes cause boards to buckle or begin to cup, in which case you will most likely have to replace them. It is also important to note that hardwood floors that have been a part of a home for an extensive amount of time are more prone to termite infestation and damage. Replacement of a floor can be costly but some damages just simply require it. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Refinishing and Replacing Floors

If you are unsure if you should refinish or replace your floors check out our most frequently asked questions below! 

What are the pros and cons of refinishing or replacing your floors?

Refinishing floors is a less expensive option and can be done quickly. On the other hand, replacing floors gives you more options for customizing the look of your space. Ultimately, it depends on the condition of your existing floors and how much money and time you are willing to invest in.

What is the best way to care for my refinished or replaced floors? 

Regular maintenance should include vacuuming and sweeping to remove dirt and debris. It is also imperative to use a cleaning solution that is specifically designed for the type of flooring you have. Additionally, it is critical to protect floors from furniture scratches and liquid spills.

How can I tell if I need to refinish or replace my floors? 

It depends on the age and condition of your flooring. If your floor has been refinished a number of times and the boards are now too thin to refinish, it is time to replace them. Additionally, water damage can sometimes cause boards to buckle or begin to cup, in which case you will most likely have to replace them. 

Contact Us For Your Flooring Needs

If you are in or around the Woodland Hills, CA, area and are interested in a home remodel or renovation, contact us today. We are a friendly and professional family-owned contractor company that prioritizes the satisfaction of our clients. We specialize in all types of remodeling and renovation projects, from kitchen and bathroom remodels to whole-room renovations. Our experienced team of professionals will ensure that your project is completed on-time and on-budget.  Contact us now for a free in-home consultation and estimate.

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