With surface finishing, your timber flooring will not only look great but also last longer. The good news is that you can refinish your floor up to 6 to 8 times before you have to think of replacing it. When it is time, your timber flooring will definitely let you know it needs that new coat of finish. What should you keep an eye out for that will tell you that your timber floor needs sanding and refinishing?
1. Those Hard-to-Ignore Scratches
You don't have to worry about every little scratch on your floor, whether it's from wearing shoes inside the house or dragging furniture across the room. However, you have every reason to act fast when these scratches are deep and reach into the wood itself and not just the surface stain. Not only are the scratches unsightly, but if they run deep, they expose the floor to potential damage from water.
2. Change In Colour
Your timber flooring may start to fade and will look dull and washed out as a result of sun damage. Wearing out because of age will also have that effect. Whatever the reason for the change of colour, refinishing can help to breathe life into your timber flooring. It will look as good as when you first installed it.
3. Water Soaking Into The Floor
The finish is supposed to protect your timber flooring from water damage. What if that seal is not holding up anymore? If you notice that water and any other spills seep right into your floor, then you should make plans to refinish the floor. If you fail to do so, you will only end up sorry when you have to spend more to replace your water-damaged floor.
4. Stubborn Stains
In case you do not realise early enough that your floor is soaking in water, all is not lost. Water getting into your timber flooring can cause it to change colour and look stained. The family pet may have found a favourite spot and stained the floor with pet urine. If you feel like trying to clean these stains just won't cut it, then it may be time for that new coat of finish.
Timber floors are generally quite low maintenance, and refinishing is among the ways to maintain your floors. Catch the signs early enough, and you can call in an expert to refinish your floors, which will help restore their aesthetic appeal and protect them from deterioration. For more information, reach out to a timber flooring company.