When shopping for new hardwood floors for your home, one of the big decisions you will make will be whether your new wood floors will be solid or engineered hardwood floors. Each floor has it’s pro’s and con’s:
Solid hardwood is typically used in more upscale homes. The Cons for solid hardwood is that it is more expensive to purchase/install solid versus engineered hardwood floors. Another Con is that solid wood flooring is so much thicker than other types of flooring it might meet up with in a home, such as carpet or tile and it creates a decent height difference between the two floors. The Pro for solid is that it can be refinished several times if needed throughout the lifetime of the floor.
Engineered hardwood floors are used in homes of all price ranges. It’s popularity is that it allows you to get hardwood flooring in your home at an affordable price. The downside is that if the floor can be refinished, it typically will be limited to 1 or 2 times depending on the product. So here is some information on refinishing hardwood floors.
1st, always check with the manufacturer to inquire if they recommend refinishing their engineered hardwoods. The engineered hardwoods are unique where each product has a specific wear layer, most being 2mm-3mm thick. You need 1/32 of an inch to refinish a wood floor.
If your engineered hardwood floors is eligible to be refinished, then you would refinish it just as you wood a solid wood floor. I highly recommend that you hire a professional for this project since there is very little room for error, not a typical DIY project. Here is more info on the refinishing process:
by Brian Heltzel
The Floor Barn
What to Know Before Refinishing Your Floors
After about 20 years, most hardwood floors start showing their age; scratches, dullness and discoloring are the most common signs that the wood is due for refinishing. Fortunately, the typical ¾-inch-thick hardwood floor can be sanded about six to eight times during its lifetime. So unless you live in a particularly old house, or a previous resident was an especially aggressive refinisher, chances are good that your wood floors can be brought bac…
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