Whether you’re just moving into your new home or you’re contemplating your next remodeling project, a new floor may be something you’re considering. Many homes have old hardwood flooring that’s been covered by carpet or laminate. In some cases, you may wonder if an existing hardwood floor is worth refurbishing, or whether you’re better off covering it once again.
Hardwood Flooring Adds Value
Hardwood is one of the most durable and attractive types of flooring. It’s also rather expensive to install if you don’t already have it, meaning its presence in your home adds to its overall value. This is why you often see the term “hardwoods under carpet” in the listing description of homes for sale. Even if you can’t see its condition, a hardwood floor is a desirable feature.
Few Hardwood Floors are Beyond Repair
A properly cared for hardwood floor can last many generations. If the wood was well maintained and in good shape before the previous homeowner covered it, you’re in luck. It may only require a light sanding and a new coat of finish to restore its original beauty and luster.
Even if there are stains, gouges or gaps, you can refurbish almost any hardwood floor with a bit of time and elbow grease. You may need to replace a few boards, but with the right stain, matching new boards to the surrounding wood is a simple matter.
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