To Refinish Or Replace Your Hardwood

by - January 10, 2020

Happy 2020! Looking for some home renovation advice? Brazilian Wood Depot is helping us out!

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One the appeals to putting hardwood in your home is not only the look but the appeal that it lasts for years. A quality hardwood floor that can be sanded down and refinished usually lasts up to about six months or up to ten times before you really need to replace it. You can change the color, match and replace any stain or termite plank or help to silence the squeaky board. With so many solutions, why would anyone want to replace your hardwood floors? There are a few options to help you make that decision, so let’s talk about it below.


One of the first things you’ll want to help you make your decision on either replacing or refinishing your hardwood floor is time. You’ll need a lot of time to help you refinish your floor because you have to remove all of the furniture from the room, the wood needs sanding and several other structural or cosmetic repairs that you’ll need to do. You also need to stain and coat the floors as well. During the week that all of this is going on, you also need to make sure that nobody goes into the room including family members and pets because the dust will be everywhere. 

Updating your look
Many people want to replace or refinish their hardwood floor because they want to update the look of their home. If you are thinking that you just want to change the look, I would suggest to refinish your floors if you’re attached to them rather than replacing them. Perhaps you love the herringbone look of your floors and just want to give them a face lift. This would be the way to go so you don’t loose your look, style or beautiful craftsmanship. The same goes for if you have an older home and love the charm that it gives to your home. Refinishing these boards, so long as they can be, is a great way to keep things in tact and give it the character you love. 

Not all wood can be refinished
Keep in mind that although you might love your hardwood floors, there could be a chance that you’ll have to go the route of replacing them instead of refinishing for a variety of reasons. Some of these can include structural damage. This is a problem that needs to be addressed directly and usually requires ripping up the floors to get a better look at the frame of the floor. Another reason could be movement. Refinishing the floor with boards hat wiggle and move around will only get worse as time goes on. You’ll end up with an even bigger mess and gaps between the floorboards. Lastly is any damage. This can be termite infestation, time, effort and just the money to replace that much of the floor would be exhausting. To make it easier on yourself and your family members, replacing the wood would make more sense. 

Call the Expert
While it’s one thing to refinish your hardwood yourself, it’s another to actually replace it yourself too. My advice would be to call an expert and watch step by step how they do everything if you’re thinking of trying to do this yourself down the road. One highly recommended business is called Brazilian Wood Depot. This company is located in the Atlanta area of Georgia which is ideal because they are able to receive lumber shipments through the most cost-effective ports when receiving their wood from Brazil and also sending shipments anywhere in the country. Additionally, their lumber are only the best and requires special attention. The lumber they choose to are sustainable Ipe wood, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa. These are extremely heavy hardwoods and shipping this is engineered so they arrive in excellent condition. They take special care to properly crate shipments of these hardwoods to ensure delivery of the lumber you are wanting to put in your home is only in it’s excellent condition. 

When it comes to figuring out if replacing or refinishing is best for you, these tips will hopefully help you make that decision. If anything, call an expert to get their opinion on what would be the best way to do this because they are the ones that can really give you the best advice, especially if you’ve never done anything like this before. In the end, you as the homeowner can make the right decision on what’s going to be best for you and your loved ones. Regardless of how it’s done, the final product will be worth the time, money and stress of updating your hardwood to make it one of your favorite parts of your home.


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