Overlaying New Hardwood Floors
As many flooring specialists would specify, hardwood floors are very durable and manageable. They can last up to a hundred years if the floor is given the proper care and attention. They give off a classic look that homeowners need not worry about the floor designs going out of style. On top of its boast about durability, it is pretty easy to clean and very cost effective. But because of this durability, hardwood floors don’t need to be replaced very often. It may need sanding and refinishing over time, depending on the amount of traffic put upon the floors, but replacements are rarely done on hardwood floors.
However, should this need to be carried out, it can be very easy as you can just install new hardwood floors over the old one. So now the question stands, when will you know that you need to install new wood floors on top of the old one or not?
Some people decide to do this because they wish to change the colour or the design upon the floor, which they cannot get be sanding down and re-varnishing. Sometimes the floors can be so worn that the original planks are too thin and the nails are starting to become visible. When the panels are too thin it is not going to create a very good surface, so placing down new thicker planks, helps to keep the floor looking great, can help to retain the heat better and fell much nicer underfoot too.
It should be noted, however, that overlaying new wood floors on top of the old one can elevate the floor, so if you are considering doing this, always consider how the new height elevation will affect the doorways, etc; you may need to do a little sanding down of the doors. The room with the new elevation may also become higher than the adjacent rooms, unless, of course, you plan on a complete replacement on the flooring, so you then need to think or putting in a ledge with and use a piece of moulding to ensure that the floor looks like it flows better.
If this does become a problem, and tearing out the flooring and doing a new installation is too expensive and would require an expert contractor for consultation, there is still the option of getting engineered hardwood, laminates or parquet tiles. These materials are thin and they also make it easier to install new wood floors over an old one since they come in strips that only add a 5/8 inch to the previous flooring. However, when installing these materials, despite how easy they can be, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. This is because each flooring company has their own installation recommendation.
Nevertheless, should you consider overlaying new wood floor on top of the old ones, or not, it would require careful consideration and thought. Hardwood flooring can cost money so it would be best if you have taken into account every pros and cons available.
Author:American Trust Flooring
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