Hardwood flooring is everywhere these days. And while it remains one of the most fashionable choices in modern home flooring, you may also be looking at a wood flooring from your decades old home, wondering exactly what to do with it. Sanding and refinishing your floors will restore luster and richness to them, however, too frequent refinishing can sometimes prematurely shave years off the life of your flooring.

STEP ONE: Identify your flooring material

The first step is being sure of the type flooring material you are considering. For most, this is not a question, but for some, identifying the type of wood flooring product is a necessary place to begin. Here are the basics:

  • NATURAL HARDWOOD – Sometimes refinishing natural wood planks is undesirable, as it will remove beautiful grain patterns that have emerged over time, adding character and charm to a space. In this case, skipping the sanding in favor of a light roughing or “screening” of the planks with a fresh application plank finish is often desirable.

  • ENGINEERED HARDWOOD – Generally consisting of layers of wood glued together, like plywood,the upper layer of engineered hardwood is a thin (usually 1/16- to 1/8-inch thick) strip of finished hardwood. That means engineered flooring can only be sanded and refinished once or twice. You will always want to be certain to use an experienced professional like Country Flooring for refinishing an engineered hardwood floor, as the margin for error is extremely narrow.

  • LAMINATE FLOORING – This is a non-wood flooring product that never needs refinishing. Occasionally, a laminate flooring can look deceptively similar to the real thing to a homeowner, so be sure to examine closely. You will be able tell by looking for an exposed edge, such as under heating vents.

STEP 2: Examine the surface

Now that you’ve identified your floor as either natural hardwood or engineered with sufficient remaining surface for refinishing, it’s time to proceed to the next step. Take a close look. Is the finish faded with only light surface scratches? You can probably get by with screening (a method for roughing up the your flooring with just a light sanding and a fresh application of finish. You may find portions of the flooring with such extreme wear, such as warping, sagging or split boards, extensive water damage or extensive deep scratches into the wood, that completely replacing or covering those portions will be necessary. Most people are somewhere in between, still unsure if committing to a full sanding and refinishing of their flooring is the right way to go. Here’s a quick test to give you a better idea:


  • Drop a tablespoon of water onto a section of your wood flooring. If it:
    • Forms droplets that remain atop the wood, the finish is still in good condition
    • Soaks into the wood slowly, the finish is wearing, but can wait for refinishing
    • Quickly penetrates the wood leaving a dark splotch, it is time to refinish the floor
STEP 3: Contact a knowledgeable hardwood refinishing professional

The advice of a professional hardwood installer and refinisher is indispensable in helping determine the best method of care and repair to protect and extend the life of your flooring investment.AtCountry Flooring Direct, we know hardwood! Want the best in trained and experiencedflooring installers and refinishers? Country Flooring has you covered. Stop in and visit us at our showroom today, or call to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Showroom: 552 Hwy. 70 | Pegram, TN 37143

Phone: (615) 646-0366 or (615) 587-9604

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