Should you refinish or replace hardwood floors?
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In respect to this, is it better to refinish or replace hardwood floors?
In general, it will almost ALWAYS be less expensive to refinish your hardwood floors. If you replace them, you need to pay for additional wood as well as ripping up and hauling away existing hardwood. Even if you have this, it will still be less expensive then replacing the whole floor.
Also, how expensive is it to have hardwood floors refinished? The average cost to install hardwood flooring is between $4 and $10 per square foot whereas refinishing your floors costs about $3.75 per square foot. Most homeowners spend between $2,200 and $8,100 to install new wood flooring vs. an average of $1,550 to refinish.
Consequently, is it cheaper to refinish hardwood floors or replace with laminate?
All solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished a limited number of times. Local repairs of existing finish are possible in some cases. Good-quality laminate cost about $3.00 per square foot and up. Lower-quality laminate can be much cheaper but at a loss of looks and performance.
How often do wood floors need to be refinished?
Usually engineered hardwood flooring is ¾ inches thick or sometimes more. With this thickness it is safe to refinish them up to 4-6 times. If you are happy with your flooring and just want to refinish your flooring to give them new life, hardwood flooring usually only needs to be refinished once every 7-10 years.