Hardwood flooring is one of the oldest flooring materials and many historic buildings still have hardwood flooring originally installed a few centuries ago. The longevity of a hardwood flooring will be determined by many different factors. Some poorly installed, inferior floating floors may need to be replaced or repaired soon after installation. But a properly installed and maintained hardwood flooring can last a lifetime and more.
Hardwood Flooring Installation Process
Proper installation is a key factor in ensuring the longevity of a hardwood flooring. Even the most durable and high quality hardwood floor can be ruined by unprofessional work on a project.
When choosing a new hardwood flooring, always ask about the compatibility of a particular product with a specific application. Some woods cannot be installed on radiant heated floors or in areas with potentially high humidity.
Hardwood Floor Maintenance and Repair
Regular and proper maintenance will have a significant impact on the life of wood floors. A well-maintained hardwood flooring will keep its appearance and last longer.
If the wear layer is thick enough, the hardwood floor can be refinished several times, which greatly increases its life span. Basically, all hardwood floors can be sanded 4–7 times to make the surface look like new, removing all worn finishes, small dents and scratches.
Partial repair of hardwood floors can be accomplished by professionals. Although it may take some time, a few damaged boards or planks does not mean that the entire hardwood floor needs to be replaced.