Home flooring upgrade: Refinish or replace?

By: Jerry Work

Wood flooring has certainly advanced since the floors we had in our homes when we were children. The technology used in today's flooring manufacturing eliminates the required waxing. Neither do we always need the expertise of floor installation professionals. Pre-finished products we have today also eliminate the old process of labor intensive sanding and finishing so DIY flooring projects are not out of the ordinary.

Back in the day, red oak was the typical selection for interior flooring. Present day flooring shoppers have many options for texture and color. Finding the right floor to work with your home's interior can be a difficult task. You should spend plenty of time researching the types and colors with online vendors or by visiting a local home improvement or supply store.

After you have made a decision and purchased your flooring, you should stack it in the room you plan to install it in so it will get used to the room's humidity level. The wood will expand when it is exposed to the moisture. The edges of the room needs room for the wood to expand so you should leave a half inch gap when laying the floor. You can always cover the gap with some type of molding.

If you elect the DIY route, you shouldn't "go it alone" by not following the provided installation instructions. Your floors may not look professional if you fail to properly install. Summer humidity and temperature that usually causes expansion is no longer an issue with micro-beveled floor products available today.

Due to scratches or traffic wear you may be considering new wood flooring. If this is the case, you may want to consider refinishing the floors you have now, which will be an economical solution. First you should remove everything that touches the floor in the room. By keeping windows and doors shut you will reduce excessive dust. You should plan on taking 3 or 4 days for the floors to dry after sanding and refinishing before you move furniture into the room.

Laminate flooring is an option if you're simply looking to upgrade the appearance of the floors in your house. Laminate floors require little maintenance and look like wood.Laminate is also resistant to stains and scratches caused by children and pets. The interlocking tongue and groove system makes it easy to install.

In today's market there is a lot of technology used in manufacturing flooring products. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore all options before purchasing.Floor products are substantially easier to use now. By properly researching your options and following directions, your final product will be something you can truly be proud of.

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