3 Reasons Your Old Hardwood Floors Need To Go.

Reasons to replace hardwood floors during renovation.

Should I refinish hardwood floors, or replace them? That may be a question you are thinking. This depends on many factors, including the age and condition of your hardwood, your preference for hardwoods, your budget, and how much you will spend replacing the floors.

Refinishing hardwood floors will almost always cost less. You will need to replace the hardwood floors as well as haul away any existing debris. You can replace damaged hardwood sections (e.g., water stains or pet stains) and refinish the rest. This will cost less than replacing the whole floor.

If refinishing hardwood floors is more affordable for your budget, then go with refinishing over replacing. However, there are a few good reasons to replace them. 

Let’s check them out below. 

Oh, and if you live in Atlantic County, New Jersey and need a hardwood floor refinisher, click the button below. 

Man sanding hardwood floor with grinding machine
Refinishing old Parquet hardwood floors.

Signs Its Time for Old Hardwood Floors to Go.

It may be time to replace your floors if they are really old and have had to be refinished several times. This does not mean oak floors that have been scratched and dinged up. It means floors that have been in place for over 40 or more and have had to be refinished a few times.

It’s time to replace your floor if you can see the joints between the boards or any underlayment. If your floors seem squeak, are shaky or bouncy, then it may be time to replace them. Pine floors are more prone to this because they have been used for a long time and are soft.

Long stunning hallway with wood flooring
Custom pattern wood floor.

You Want a Different Looking Floor.

You can replace hardwood if you wish to change the wood species. Oak is the most common type of wood in American homes. While some people like the look and feel of oak, others prefer something more modern such as a bright Brazilian cherry, a clear maple, or a bamboo wood floor. If this is what you want, changing woods might be a good idea.

You can stain existing floors in a different color, but the grain and texture may be what you like in a different wood floor species.

Living room with wood flooring
Wide width wood flooring.

Change of Width or Direction of Flooring.

A new floor is the best option if you need to alter the width or direction of the hardwood. Oak 2 1/4″ strip is the standard for a home and has that basketball court look. It’s more fashionable and more popular to use wider planks, such as 3 1/4″, 4″ or 5″ planks in today’s market.

These wider planks look modern and make the room appear larger. A second design tip to make rooms appear larger is to lay planks diagonally. This will ensure that your eyes follow the length of the room. You can also add borders to the planks or a herringbone pattern. But doing this will add to the costs as the fancier layouts have more waste and take longer to install.

Parquet hardwood floors may need to be replaced with regular hardwood planks. Parquet floors are out of fashion and make the room appear smaller because of the small squares. The room will look larger and more beautiful if you switch to long and wider floor strips.

Man changing sanding paper on grinding machine for sanding hardwood floor
Sanding a hardwood floor before refinishing it.

Less Mess Replacing Hardwood Floors

Refinishing floors can be cheaper, but at a cost. Replacing hardwood floors is almost always faster. Refinishing the floors means you have furniture all over the place, plus have the smell. So it may be stressful for some. As it can take up to 3-5 days to refinish hardwood floors. Where as replacing them could be done in as little as a day or two with the right flooring contractor.

Pre-finished hardwood floors can be replaced faster, are less messy, and allow you to live comfortably in your home. Many customers have chosen this option because it eliminates the mess that comes with refinishing hardwood floors.

Solid oak wood flooring
Solid oak replacement hardwood flooring


As with all things, your individual circumstances will dictate whether you decide to refinish hardwood floors or replace them. Refinishing hardwood floors in a house that has no one living there is easier than if you live there. Replacing the floors is a good option if you have the budget, want a new look and can’t deal with the mess of refinishing the wood floors.

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