Hardwood FlooringAs beautiful and durable as hardwood flooring can be, it’s not invincible and, unfortunately, it will become worn down over time. The big question for many homeowners is, do I refinish or replace my hardwood flooring? It’s a tough question, and one that can be answered after considering a few factors. At Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake, our flooring experts will happily talk you through the decision process, arming you with the information you need to proceed with no regrets.



Ask yourself: What is your end goal?

What do you want your floors to look like? If you simply want your floors to shine like new again, refinishing is definitely a great option and possibly a better route. If you have a completely different look in mind however, such as installing another wood species or wider planks for an updated style of flooring, your hardwood will need to be replaced.

How long does each process take?

Replacing flooring can interrupt one’s time at home. When you replace a hardwood floor, it can be done in one or two days, depending on how big the space is. It requires less time, tools, and manpower. Refinishing hardwood flooring on the other hand, can take up to five days. This process requires many tools that can take over your household, including scrapers, sealers, edgers, buffers, and sanders. The end result can be beautiful, but time consuming.

Has the flooring been refinished in the past?

Hardwood flooring is very durable, but if you’ve had your floor refinished in the past, it may not qualify to be refinished once again. Natural hardwood flooring can withstand the refinishing process about ten times, but keep in mind that engineered hardwood flooring can only be refinished and sanded about two to three times. If you’re at that second or third time, you may have to consider replacement options.


At Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake, we want to relieve the stress when making the potentially difficult decision of whether to refinish or replace your hardwood flooring. Whichever process you choose, our design and flooring experts are here to help!


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