Hardwood floors go through a lot over the years, but one of the great things about them is that they can withstand years and years of punishment if properly cared for. Often when a hardwood floor appears scuffed or damaged, refurnishing it might be the better choice than replacing it.

Even so, eventually the day will come when refinishing your floor wont cut it and replacing it will be the better option. So what are the signs that your hardwood floor is due for a replacement? Read on to find out.

1. Looking for a new color or style

If you’re wanting a brand new look for your floor, then refinishing isn’t going to fit the bill. Refinishing can restore the look of your floor to a like new state, but if it’s a new style or color you’re looking for, then it’s time to invest in a new floor.

2. Warped planks

If your hardwood floor has become warped over the years, as is common in more humid regions, refinishing can’t fix that. If you have a few spare pieces then you may be able to hire a professional to replace a plank or two, but if multiple planks are warped then a whole new floor is in order.

3. Multiple damaged planks

If many planks have become severely damaged then likely the only solution left will be to replace the floor. Refinishing it will often only make the damage more noticeable which is the opposite effect than the one you’re looking for.

4. Tongue is exposed

If your floor is really old and has been refinished multiple times, it may have been stripped to the point that the tongue where the boards fit together has become exposed. At this point refinishing is no longer possible and the floor will need to be replaced.

5. Time is of the essence

Finally, if you’re looking for a quick fix and can’t wait five or six days for the floor to be refinished, then you might want to consider replacing your floor. It may be more expensive, but it’s also much quicker. If time is of the essence then replacement is the way to go.