Many people, incorrectly, assume that timber is as strong a material as anything else and that it can last for decades upon decades with little maintenance. After all, it is quite thick, has very few weak points, and does not show any real signs of aging other than the wear and tear on its surface. However, while timber floors can be very strong, that is only the case when they have been properly serviced and maintained, and if you haven't had your hardwood floor refinishing done like you were supposed to, then your timber could be at risk. Here are a few reasons why you simply cannot leave your hardwood floor alone indefinitely.
Scratches Are Only The Tip Of The Iceberg
While a couple of scratches here and there do not look that bad, and they aren't generally a major problem, if those scratches build up over time, or those scratches are quite deep, then you can be in real trouble before you know it. Not only do the scratches get past the protective covering your timber floors would have, allowing liquid and moisture into the much less defended wood, but it also allows for stains to show up much more readily. A scratch is not the issue—what the scratch allows into the wood is the issue.
Weak Areas Can Put The Whole Floor At Risk
Once an issue like mold, rot, decay, disease, or anything else has entered into your timber floors due to a broken protective barrier above, it can quickly spiral out of control and you will go from needing to replace one or two planks, to the whole floor. This domino effect is not something to be taken lightly, but it can be hard to see when the only symptom is a scratched and scuffed upper layer. A hardwood floor refinishing ensures that not only is your timber strong again but looks good too.
The simple truth as to why so many people utilize floor refinishing more often than they need to is that when you stay on top of this issue and make sure it is done regularly, it costs far less because there is less work to do. It also allows you to have your floor looking good as new without having to do anything more than a quick sanding, polishing, and application of the protective coating of your choice. If you don't want a major bill to either replace large sections of your floor or to refinish the whole thing, then you should book floor refinishing more often, not less.