choosing flooring for a home with dogs

Do you have canine family members living in your home? Are they hard on your flooring? If you are thinking about replacing your flooring because the furry family members have done a number on them, take a minute to visit my website. There, you will find a list of possible options that you have to choose from. With each possibly flooring material, comes different maintenance requirements to keep it looking great for many years. I have done a lot of extensive research when trying to find flooring for my home that would hold up to several years of my dog's abuse.

Should You Do Your Own Hardwood Refinishing?

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Do you have hardwood floors that look flat, boring, and just don't have the rich style and colors that they once had. The fact of the matter is, hardwood flooring is going to fade and become less dynamic over the years. Some might see this as a drawback, but you can use it to your advantage. That is, you can refinish most hardwood products to completely update your floors. If you want to refinish your own floors, there are a few things you need to consider. You might not be able to practically refinish your hardwood, depending on the construction of the planks. This article gives a basic evaluation of when it is practical to refinish your own hardwood floors.

Checking the Thickness of Your Hardwood

When it comes to refinishing hardwood, the most important thing to consider is the thickness of the hardwood. That is, you need to figure out how thick the top layer of the exposed hardwood is. Many products have a layered construction where the top layer of hardwood is very thin, making it nearly impossible to refinish. On the other hand, some planks are made out of one solid piece of wood. The thicker the hardwood is, the more freedom you have when it comes to refinishing it. You can often refinish the same hardwood planks several times over their lifetime if the planks are solid. Even a hardwood that is only 1/4" thick can be refinished at least once.

Do You Have the Tools for the Job?

It is also very important that you determine whether or not you can handle the work with the tools you have available to you. Most significantly, you might have trouble refinishing your floors with just handheld sanders. Unless you are just doing one or two small rooms in your home, you should definitely consider using a standup drum sander. If you cannot find a local hardware store or equipment rental facility with a drum sander, the job might be too ambitious to take on. It can be very time consuming if you have to do all the sanding with handheld sanders. This might not be an issue if you have several sanders and several people willing to fully commit to helping you out.

In the end, if you have thick enough hardwood planks and a drum sander (or a bunch of helpers with handheld sanders), you will definitely be able to handle refinishing your own flooring.

Contact a hardwood and carpet installation service for more help.

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28 June 2017