When Is It Time to Refinish Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood flooring may be a durable and long-lasting material, but it will eventually show signs of wear due to exposure to the elements and foot traffic, among other abuse. Fortunately, even scratches and dents can be restored by refinishing the floor. How can you tell if the floor needs refinishing? Handyman Connection® of Chattanooga discusses the signs you should look for:

High Traffic Floor Areas

The durability of hardwood floors means that it can be deceptive in showing damage. Try inspecting your floor for signs of wear. If there are no apparent signs, we recommend refinishing only the high traffic floor areas in your home. This includes the hallways and the floor area of your living room. These are the areas that you should prioritize when refinishing hardwood floors.


Discolorations on your floorboards are a tell-tale sign that the floor needs refinishing soon. Check for dull or faded floorboards, which you will often find in high-moisture areas, such as the path leading to the bathroom or kitchen. We recommend having these refinished as soon as possible, before the moisture damage affects the actual wooden structure.

Warped Floorboards

If your floorboards are showing signs of curling or bending in some places, we recommend turning to us for the proper repairs first before you do any refinishing. Failing to do so will allow the damage to persist beneath the refinishing, since you’re not really addressing the problem. If you see an area of your floorboards with extensive damage, have us repair it first.

We also recommend having our professional team do the actual refinishing for you. Refinishing your floor is complex work, and improperly sanding it may cause irreversible damage to your floorboards. If you need help doing refinishing, contact Handyman Connection of Chattanooga at (423) 709-8005 for a free estimate.

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