How to Decide Between Replacing or Refinishing your Wood Floors

If your old, hardwood floors are looking less and less charming and more and more like they are in desperate need of attention, it’s time to decide whether you will refinish them or replace them.

Here are a few helpful hints to help you decide which choice is best for your floors.

Refinishing wood floors

The least expensive option is always going to be to refinish your wood floors. Solid wooden floors are built to last, and they are thick enough to withstand sanding and refinishing, giving you the look and feel of brand new floors.

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Trevino Flooring can add shine to your old wooden floors.


Most older condos, apartments, and homes throughout the Chicago area have floors that have stood the test of time, and they really just need a facelift.

If your floors are showing signs of rot, it's time to replace them.

If your floors are showing signs of rot, it’s time to replace them.

However, if your floors are rotted or have significant damage it may not be worth it, or it may be impossible. If you notice flaking or soft wood, drill into the wood with a 1/16 inch drill bit, around ½ inch deep, and take a look at the wood filings. If they are fresh and hard, you can probably get away with refinishing. If the wood filings are soft, dark and flaky, it’s probably time to replace them.

Replacing wood floors

Replacing your wooden floors is more expensive up front, but if you are replacing cheaply made or heavily damaged floors, it is often worth the cost.

Refinishing low-quality floors will only put off the inevitable. Replacement is highly recommended if your current floors do not meet your needs, you’ve determined that rot has set in, or you are not happy with the overall look of the floors.

Gleaming wood floors will add value to your home.

Gleaming wood floors will add value and beauty to your home.

Whichever solution you choose, remember to trust an expert to take care of the process for you.

At Trevino Flooring, we will work with you to find the option that is best for your particular needs.

Additionally, our experts will complete the job quickly, accurately and at the best possible price. Call or contact us and we will be happy to take a look at your current flooring and help you make the decision.

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