Knowing When It’s Time to Repair or Replace Hardwood Floors

AFS singleOlder hardwood floors have some particular charm but do you know how to recognize the signs of damage? When is it time to have your hardwood floor repaired or should you be thinking about replacement?

When is Restoration Appropriate?

Restoring hardwood floors is a viable option but you have to assess the condition and the scope of the damage first. Here are some signs that your floor is in need of repairs:

  • Water soaks into the floor: Take a look at the most high-traffic areas of your hardwood floor. Drop some water there. Are the droplets staying on top or are they getting soaked into the wood? If the wood is absorbing liquid, you are in need of re-finishing.
  • Look at the wood itself. If the finish is worn out, there is some risk of wood damage. Your hardwood floor is in need of repairs if you notice cuts, stains, cracks and warping.
  • The floor level: Get on the ground and take a look at the hardwood floor level. Does the flooring appear wavy or uneven? Both of these are signs of some damage. Repairs may be necessary.

When should You Consider Hardwood Floor Replacements?

A number of hardwood floor problems can be fixed, if you pay careful attention to the condition of the wood and you introduce the necessary measures in a timely manner. Sooner or later, however, you will need to have the floor replaced. When is it time to start thinking about such a project?

  • Old floors that are covered with difficult to remove adhesive are much easier to replace than to repair.
  • Serious structural issues. Signs of subfloor damage will usually be indicative of serious structural issues. Refinishing will be far from the best option in such instances. Slats of wood that have shifted too much will be very difficult to get back in position.
  • Serious water damage is another major problem that will demand floor replacement. Peeling, cracking, excessive staining and serious distortion are all signs of wood damage caused by moisture. Professionals will advice you to have the floor replaced, if you are looking for the best outcome.

Hardwood floors can be maintained in good condition for a very long period of time. Recognizing the most common signs of damage, however, is the key to undertaking corrective measures that will save you a lot of money in the long run. If you’re interested in restoring your current hardwood floors or replacing your flooring, contact Advanced Flooring Solutions in Woodstock, Georgia today!

Matching Hardwood Floors with Your Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Kitchen Hardwood FlooringHardwood floors are one of the strongest trends in interior design and boost your home’s resale value. During remodeling, many homeowners face the design dilemma of their kitchen cabinets, countertops and hardwood floors. Should you match the wood, paint the cabinets to match the floor, or replace granite countertops with something else?

Complementary

Hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets should complement each other. Most professional interior designers discourage homeowners from trying to match wood between design elements. Flooring is always seen horizontally, so light plays across its surface differently from light on horizontal cabinet fronts. A better solution is to complement the colors, choosing from opposite sides of the color wheel. If your hardwood floor is a light, warm sugar maple, you can consider a darker, cool color for the cabinets.

Highlights

According to the National Wood Flooring Association, a rising trend in integrating hardwood floors is to incorporate non-wood elements in the floor, by adding stone or metallic inlays. If you have granite countertops, consider small accent pieces of matching granite in the floor, near doorways or as a decorative border. This ties the floor into the countertops and pulls the whole room together.

Mix it Up

The American Hardwood Information Center suggests mixing, not matching, woods in kitchens. You can successfully intermingle natural wood finishes with treated surfaces such as pickled wood, stains, and paint in light tones.

  • Avoid mixing highly figured grains, such as hickory and oak.
  • Dark tones anchor a large room, helping to pull it together; a small kitchen benefits from lighter cabinets.
  • Get large samples of any possible choices and live with them for a while.
  • Wood trim can match the perimeter cabinets, whether stained or painted.

Facing Budgets

Facing a limited budget with a need for a drastic remodel in the kitchen? Consider refacing the cabinets, rather than replacing them. Refacing allows the entire palette of color and wood choices, so the prevailing hardwood floor in the home can run right into the kitchen, giving an open feeling to your floor plan. Then reface the cabinets with new doors and new hardware in a complementary color to the floor.

Be Calm

Remember, after your bold interior design statement, you have to live with your choices. Avoid the temptation to turn every surface into a showpiece. If you use a hardwood floor with dramatic inlays of highly figured stone, choose a more neutral cabinet color.

If you have questions about finding the right hardwood floors for your home in Woodstock, Georgia, contact Advanced Flooring Solutions today. Simply fill out our quick and easy estimate form!

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