When you have hardwood floors in your home, you may enjoy the warmth and convenience that they offer. However, if you have noticed lately that they have lost their sheen, you may wonder if you should have them refinished. If so, look for the following signs that it is time to refinish your home's hardwood floors.
1. Floorboards Have Started Turning Gray
Besides taking on a dull appearance, one sign that you need to have your hardwood floors refinished is when they start turning gray. Normally, the finish on the floor protects the wood from dirt and moisture.
However, as the finish wears off after years of use, dirt is ground into the wood fibers when you walk on the floorboards. And, if your feet are wet after coming in from the rain, the water soaks into the floorboards. After a while, the combination of the dirt and moisture will start to change the color of the wood.
If you do not have the finish restored on your floors, the constant exposure to water and dirt will cause a permanent change in the color. It will also soften the wood and speed up the deterioration of your floors, which may make it necessary to completely replace part or all of the floorboards.
2. Wood Feels Rough Under Your Bare Feet
Another sign that your floors need refinishing can be felt when you walk across them in your bare feet. When the finish on top of the floorboards is in good condition, they should feel smooth. You should not feel any rough areas that seem dry to your bare skin.
However, if you feel as though your feet may get splinters because the wood is very rough or have small pieces sticking up, it is definitely time to have the floor refinished. When you can actually feel the roughened wood fibers beneath your feet, this usually means that the finish has completely worn off.
If you delay having the floors refinished, you will leave them exposed to moisture and dirt. And, as you walk across them, any remaining worn-out finish that may have still been protecting certain areas will wear down faster, eventually leaving the floors completely exposed to damage.
If your floorboards are changing colors and starting to feel rough, you need to have them refinished before the exposure to moisture and dirt causes permanent damage. For more information about the process and your options, contact a flooring business that offers hardwood floor refinishing services.