Hardwood is a beautiful and durable flooring material, but it is not invincible. Just like every other surface in your home, a combination of age and use will cause your hardwood floors to begin to break down over time, becoming visibly worn and structurally weaker. Fortunately, there are a few early signs that you can look for to determine when you should consider replacing your current hardwood floors.
One of the most common and serious forms of damage that can affect your hardwood flooring is warping, which is caused by prolonged and extensive moisture exposure. Warped floorboards will literally twist and buckle, ruining your floor's smooth surface and creating a tripping hazard, while also opening the door to the floorboards cracking or otherwise breaking. Individual boards can be replaced early before they can cause damage to the surrounding flooring, but chronic warping points to high levels of humidity and moisture which will have to be addressed to proactively prevent future damage as well.
If you have pets, scratched up hardwood floors are a likely occurrence. While minor scratching can usually be fixed by refinishing your floors, which is a less expensive option when compared to complete replacement, deep scratches that cut into the center of your flooring or scratches built up from years of wear and tear can't be sanded out completely. Leaving these scratches alone can allow them to create cracks and other forms of physical damage in your flooring. Replacement is the only real way to restore the appearance and structural integrity of your floors.
Faded Gray Color
Another clear indication that you should consider replacing your hardwood flooring is if you notice that the surface of your floors have taken on a faded gray color. This happens over time as UV rays are soaked up by the wood, breaking down and bleaching the stain. While it may seem like a simple superficial concern, faded and gray coloring on your floors points to advanced age and wear, and means that your flooring is likely beginning to structurally degrade and is less durable than it was initially. After replacing your flooring, you may want to consider installing blinds or other window treatments to prevent the flow of sunlight onto your floors. In addition, you may want to consider installing a UV-resistant stain, which while slightly more expensive, will prolong the lifespan of your flooring by reducing the effects of continuous sunlight exposure.
For more help, contact a company such as 1-2-3 Floor! today.