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You want beautiful floors. You once had beautiful wooden floors, but now you’re noticing scratches, dents, and splinters. You must return the floors to their original condition.  

For restoring your wood floors, there are two main options: refinishing and replacing. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of each option and help you decide which is the best choice for your home. We also go beyond just hardwood floors to consider bamboo and other materials. 

For our purpose, we consider bamboo to be hardwood even though it is not wood. Read on to learn more.

Benefits of Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Refinishing is a cost-effective way to restore the beauty of your hardwood floors. It’s much more affordable than replacing them. And, since you aren’t replacing the wood, you’ll restore the original look of your floor.

Refinishing is a relatively quick but complex process. Depending on the size of your floors, you may complete the entire process in as little as a day. But expect it to take longer. Refinishing involves repairs, sanding down the top layer, buffing, sealing, and staining. 

Refinishing a floor is a lot of work and most people choose to hire a professional. One issue with refinishing is that it fills your home with dust. Professionals can usually keep the dust to a minimum. Even when hiring a professional, refinishing is much less expensive than replacing your floor.  

Advantages of Hardwood Floor Replacement

Replacing your hardwood floors is a great way to give your home a whole new look. Here are some benefits of replacing your hardwood floors:

  • You may prefer to replace your hardwood floor with one of our lower maintenance options
  • Replacing your hardwood floors is a great way to increase the longevity of your floors because new floors are more durable and less prone to wear and tear
  • Whether you’re replacing your hardwood floors with new hardwood floors or a lower-maintenance option, it’s also a great way to increase the value of your home

Refinishing vs. Replacement: Which Is Better for Your Home?

When deciding between refinishing and replacing your hardwood floors, it’s important to consider the condition of your floors and your budget. If your floors are in good condition and you’re on a tight budget, refinishing is the best option. If your floors are in bad shape or you’re looking to upgrade your floors with a new style or material, replacing them is the way to go.

Refinishing and Replacing Other Types of Floors — Bamboo and Other Materials

As mentioned above, we consider bamboo to be wood for our purposes. But bamboo is not wood — it’s a type of grass. The great thing about this grass is that it’s pound-for-pound stronger than steel or concrete. And it’s much more eco-friendly compared to wood since it grows so quickly. Like hardwood floors, you’ll have the choice of refinishing or replacing your bamboo floors. 

You can find information about refinishing vinyl and laminate floors, but these refinishing methods differ greatly from how wood and bamboo refinishing works. Laminate floor manufacturers warn you shouldn’t refinish their floors. 

If you’re ready to upgrade your floors, we have a wide selection of floor materials to meet your needs. You’ll say “wow” when you see what our hardwood, bamboo, vinyl, and laminate floors can do for your home. Of course, you’ll want to see how the flooring fits your space before you buy it. Thanks to 21st century augmented reality technology, you can. Try our visualizer today.

Now that you see how we can beautify your home, there’s only one thing left to do. Contact the team at Portofino today to find the nearest location for you. We look forward to providing you with the floor of your dreams.