Tile flooring is a great long-term option for your home. It is one of the most durable materials that you can choose. Unfortunately, the grout can make tile floors a little more work than they need to be. Having worked for a company that cleans and waxes tile flooring, I have learned a lot about taking care of tile flooring and grout to protect it from needing replaced prematurely. On my site you will learn about different grout options, as well as tips for keeping the grout from becoming discolored and stained. Hopefully, it will help you take the work out of owning a tile floor in your home.
One of the best things about having a hardwood floor is that your floor can be refinished several times over its long lifetime, giving you a virtually new floor at a fraction of the price of replacing the flooring. Depending on the type of wood, your hardwood floor can take between 10 and 12 refinishings before it needs to be replaced. However, before you call your hardwood refinishing contractor, consider the following:
1. Refinishing vs. re-staining.
Does your floor have scratches, gouges, and other imperfections, or has the color faded and become worn? Refinishing involves sanding the floor down to where the scratches are no longer present. Conversely, re-staining only involves light sanding so that the new color will adhere. There's a big difference in time and cost.
2. What color do you want?
Whether you're re-staining or completely refinishing your floor, you have the option to completely change the look of the floor by changing the color of the stain. Or, perhaps you want to go with the natural color of the wood and simply have the wood sealed after it is sanded.
3. You'll have to stay off the floor for several days.
Depending on the size of your floor, your contractor will probably sand it one day and finish it on the next day. After that, it will take several days to dry before the sealant is put on it. Expect another several days to dry after that before you can walk on the floor and move your furnishings back into the room. After all, expect to be off the floor for a week or so. The drying time will vary slightly depending on how humid the atmosphere is and how hot the temperature.
4. DIY vs. professional sanding.
While refinishing your floor can be a DIY project, it's rather on the advanced level. A drum sander can be difficult to operate without experience, and mistakes can be very obvious in unevenly sanded portions of the floor. If you do decide to sand the floor yourself, make sure you wear noise-canceling ear protection as well as a good dust mask or ventilating mask and goggles.
5. You'll need to seal off your room.
Refinishing your floor will generate a large amount of dust. Decide before the contractors arrive how you want to seal off your living spaces from the refinishing project. You'll also want to remove any electronics or other items that can be affected by dust from the adjacent rooms.
Refinishing your hardwood floor can give your room a new life. Make sure that you're prepared for the project by making decisions in advance about stain color, sealing off your room, and whether you want the floor refinishing or simply re-stained.