Now that you have determined whether or not your floors need replacement, how can you tell if you need to have your flooring sanded and refinished right away, or if it can be put off? Allow us to help! The following signs can be used to identify whether or not you need to sand and refinish your hardwood:
- Water absorbs into the wood rather than sitting on the surface. This can be a clear sign that your floors need to be sanded and refinished, because it indicates that the sealing that is meant to keep your hardwood safe has worn away. Moisture can be incredibly damaging to this material, as it makes it swell and shift from within, so the seal is important! Replacing it on occasion will keep your floors safe and looking beautiful. To test this, pour a tablespoon of water onto the floor and see if it absorbs directly into the wood or if it sits on the surface. Water that absorbs quickly shows a weak floor that needs to be resealed.
- The floor surface measures less than ¾ an inch thick. You can test this easily by using a business card between the spaces where the floor is uneven to mark the height. Slide the business card between the floorboards, mark the line with a pencil and measure it. If it falls below ¾, call one of our professionals to have your floors professionally sanded and refinished to avoid any permanent damage.
Hardwood floors are beautiful, and are a wonderful investment, but caring for them is essential to preserving their beauty and the safety of your home for years to come. Don’t rush to replace your floors, and don’t ignore an uneven, shabby surface. Instead, have our talented experts come to your home and improve the look and durability of your floors! Residents can find local service providers anywhere in the San Antonio, Bulverde and Springbranch areas. Call Carlson's Flooring and find out how you can have nearby experts rescue your hardwood floors with our high quality sanding and refinishing services today!