Original wood flooring is one of the most sought after features for people in the market for new homes. They are a strikingly beautiful, elegant, and unique feature that add a certain “je ne sais quoi” to a home’s atmosphere. Unfortunately many floors have suffered years of neglect, gone through mistreatments, or been covered by new flooring such as tile, linoleum, or carpet.
Restore or redo?
Deciding whether to restore your old floors or install new ones can be quite difficult. While there are some cases in which restoration is impossible, these are few and far between. Most floors can be restored by replacing floorboards, making repairs, and refinishing them. However, sometimes this can be just as lengthy and costly of a process as tearing up and redoing your floors. It usually comes down to personal preference and your flooring budget. It’s best to discuss your options with a flooring expert by setting up a free consultation.
Restoring old floors
If you choose to restore your old floors, you can either do it yourself or hire a professional. Either way it’s important to do some research in order to set a realistic budget, timeline, and manage your expectations. If you’re planning a modern or contemporary decor style, it may be better to redo your floors and go with a different type of wood or material, as restoring original hardwood will not give you a “brand new floor” look.
When it comes time to actually doing the work, many people think that they are going to save money by doing the work themselves, and while this can be the case, it is a difficult and stressful process that requires specific tools and knowledge. Not to mention, if you make a mistake you could wind up damaging your floors beyond repair, which increases your budget and timeline exponentially. The benefits of hiring a professional include less stress, an expert consultant, and versatility that not all DIYers are able to produce.
If you have any questions about restoring your old wood floors, stop into Naffco and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff members at one of our 3 locations, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.