What to Do When You Find Original Hardwood

HardwoodIf you’re a lover of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ with Chip and Joanna Gaines, you know that one of their favorite things is finding old hardwood flooring underneath carpet or linoleum in a home that they are renovating. Maybe you’ve decided to rip up your own carpet and behold, hardwood floors! But what to do now that you’ve found this beautiful hardwood? We’ve compiled a list of tips for what to do when you find hardwood floor in your home and how to work on restoring it.

Are they worth saving?

The majority of original hardwood floors can be restored to their original glory. Some may require minimal work, such as just tightening loose boards or re-staining them to bring out their natural color. However, there are some hardwood floors that may be beyond repair. If your floors have noticeable structure issues, or seem too damaged, you will want to call your local flooring professional to come look at them before deciding to keep them.

Research

First, figure out what type of wood floors you have, such as pine or oak. Once you know what type of wood floors are in your home, you will be able to research the best care and restoration techniques for your hardwood. When coordinating with your flooring professional, who will be helping restore your hardwood floors, provide them with as much detail as possible about your floors. This will make the restoration process go more smoothly and quickly if they know what they are dealing with.

Location

Before you starting ripping up linoleum or carpet, think about the room(s) where you will be utilizing these floors. Are they high traffic rooms, such as the kitchen or living room? Do you have pets that will be running across these floors? Rooms that have high foot traffic create a lot of wear and tear, which many hardwood types can withstand. This is an important factor to keep in mind when you are deciding if you want to restore your hardwood.

Purpose

There are many different reasons why people decide to restore their hardwood floors. Some people are sick of carpet and want the elegance of hardwood, while others are trying to boost the value of their home. Determining why you are restoring your floors in the first place can help you decide how much money you want to spend on the project, and how much use you will get out of the hardwood floors.

Visit the Flooring Professionals website today for more information on all your flooring needs and how you can contact your local Flooring Professional.

Source: http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/when-hardwood-floors-are-worth-saving