You may be thinking about the expense to replace your current hardwood flooring vs. replacing with a brand new one, especially since your current floors are in really bad condition. However, it is true that the benefits of having a durable hardwood floor are many, including the ability to repair and refinish them over time. In addition, it is important that you look at the pros and cons of each before deciding on a particular flooring material.
The first thing you should consider when considering refinishing your floors is if you need a brand new floor or just refinished one. Some people choose to replace their old flooring with a new one, which can be a good choice, but is going to involve some additional work. For example, the installation of this type of flooring will involve a lot of cutting, which means you are going to have to hire a professional to do this job. In addition, you are going to have to pay the professional a fee because he or she has to cut down the boards, put in the screws, etc., if you do not have someone to do it for you.
You will also have to find out how long the floor will last before you have to replace it. If you opt for a brand new wood flooring system, it will be installed over the entire floor, which means there are no holes left by previous holes. However, you should consider what you will be able to do if the floor gets damaged or if you have to replace a couple boards here and there. If you have a few more dollars to spend, you could have the whole floor refinished, although this could mean that you would have to get new wood flooring for a few areas.
Another popular advantage of having a wood floor is that it will stand up to constant wear and tear. While it is true that the hardwoods do not stand up to these conditions, it is possible to do a refinished wood floor in a little less time than you would have to replace your existing floors. As long as you follow the instructions in the manual and clean the floor frequently, you should be able to keep it looking nice for a very long time.
There is another downside to a wood floor as well. If you live in an area that has extremely high humidity, you will want to make sure that you choose a floor that can withstand moisture. You might want to go with a wood floor that is laminate, rather than real wood, in order to minimize moisture absorption. If you choose to have the whole floor refinishing process done, you will have to get rid of some of your hardwoods in order to have room to install new laminate, otherwise you may end up tearing out some of your hardwoods as well.
Pros and cons both can help you make an informed decision. Just know the facts before making a final decision so that you do not end up with a floor that will take forever to install and leave you with a headache every time you have to sand or scrape the floor because of a crack or scratch.