Is it Cheaper to Refinish or Replace Wood Floors?

Do you have hardwood floors? Do they have scratches, stains, dents or other damages? If so, you will need to refinish or replace them. But which one do you choose? And is it cheaper to refinish or replace wood floors? This guide will answer your questions! Keep scrolling to learn more.

How Badly Damaged are Your Floors?

The first step in determining if it is cheaper to refinish or replace your wood floors is to look at their overall condition. Do you see scratches, sun-fading, dents, stains, wrapping, water damage or any other issues? How severe are these problem areas? Small or light imperfections can easily be removed with sanding and refinishing. If you have deeper blemishes or more concerning issues like wrapping or water damage, you need a skilled team of refinishers to come out and inspect the area.

During their inspection, they will determine if your floors can handle sanding and staining. If the damage is irreversible, they will then suggest to you to replace your floors. However, what happens if only a small section of your flooring has severe damage, while the rest of the area is fine? Your flooring specialist will evaluate the space. In most cases, they will remove and replace the damaged area as long as they have the corresponding flooring. If you have older wood floors, they may not be able to find the same flooring, which then leads you to replace everything. We recommend keeping spare boards just in case this happens. Overall, it is cheaper to refinish your floors, especially if you have minor damages. Your cost will then increase depending on if sections need to be replaced.

Who Are You Working With?

Who you are working with will also affect the cost of refinishing and/or replacing. Some contractors charge by the hour, while others have fixed rates. The only way to truly know how much specific contractors cost is to shop around and get different quotes. We suggest working with a team that gives you a flat rate. Working with companies that charge by the hour can be a blessing or a curse. Some hourly experts may try to take as much time to get more money out of you, while others will race against the clock to get the job done, leaving you with low-quality work. At Valor Home Services, we give you a fixed rate for all our projects, so you know what you are spending from the get-go.

If you are looking for experts who can refinish or replace your wood floors in Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville or the surrounding areas, then look no further than Valor Home Services. Our refinishing services can range anywhere from $800 to $4000 or more, depending on your floors, the stain and the space. For more information, contact us.