Home owners nowadays have huge expectations when it comes to their timber floor coatings’ life and durability. Others believe that coatings can never wear that they are invulnerable to moisture and don’t need much maintenance. This belief is totally wrong. The durability and quality of timber floor coatings only last if routine cleaning, maintenance and repairs are observed regularly. This is to protect your timber flooring from moisture and other unwanted elements that might affect its longevity and quality.
One of the easiest ways to take care of your hardwood floors is through recoating. First, you will need to contact a reliable hardwood floor specialist who would be able to investigate if your hardwood flooring really needs to be recoated. When a timber floor contractor answers to a call to do a recoat on hardwood floors, his job would be similar to solving a puzzle to come up with the best possible solution. This part is very crucial because even a small mistake can ruin the whole process and the consequence can be a very unsatisfied you and money lost.
Examine the damage
The first step to do is to identify whether your floor needs to be recoated or re-sanded. Adding nice finishes on a timber floor doesn’t make the problems disappear. Some homeowners don’t bother calling a timber floor repair professional until their hardwood floors are entirely damaged and by this time, recoating might not be a possible solution. Here are a couple of clues that your hardwood floor needs a recoat:
- Bare patches.
Certain areas where the finish has worn off to bare wood greatly indicates that your timber floor does not only need to be recoated but also re-sanded. Professional wood repairs could spot-build extra finish coats on those areas, but by the time you do that, it might have been better to just re-sand the whole floor and apply a new coating.
Parts where the wood has changed colour due to placement of area rugs, or furniture are best repaired not only with recoating but also re-sanding.
Your timber floor should be recoated immediately if its original finish shows early signs of wear before it is worn completely to bare wood. Without preventive measures, damages might worsen and will require re-sanding. Always remember that prevention is better than cure and recoating is much simpler and costs lesser than any other timber floor repair methods.