Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular floor coverings on the market today. Homeowners are well aware of the many benefits of this flooring, as well as its durability and long life span. In fact, it’s not impossible for some wood floors to last in excess of one hundred years. But why is that?
One of the reasons is that these floors can be refinished instead of replaced. When most floors start showing signs of wear and tear, as wood floors eventually will, homeowners begin to think of replacing them. However, homeowners who have wood floors think of something else.
Simply stated, hardwood refinishing is simply stripping off the top layer of your floor, restaining and resealing it. It takes away a small layer of wood that has been damaged, bringing your floors back to a like-new look that will make it seem as though your floors are brand new again.
There is an actual process, however, and these are some of the most common steps:
- Assessment: Once you’ve decided to have your floors refinished, a flooring professional will come out to assess your floors, discuss your desires, and offer advice.
- Preparation: This is the point at which you will need to move all your furniture into another room, so the floors will be ready for the contractors. At this time, you might also want to remove any artwork from the walls, to make sure that it’s not knocked off.
- Cleaning: Old floors will be cleaned, so that no contaminants get through to the underlying wood.
- Stripping: This step involves removing all the original finish and layers of wood that have sustained damage.
- Repair: When the team is down to bare wood, all the necessary repairs will then be made. Floorboard replacement and repair of holes and cracks will be made at this time.
- Refinish: After everything is sanded clear and repaired, then a brand new stain and finish can be applied. At this point, you can change both the stain color and the specific finish.
At L&L Flooring Company, your floors are as important to us as they are to you. With a showroom located in Nashville, TN, we service the areas of Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Nolensville, and Springhill. Contact us today to get the process started.