How long will my new hardwood floors last?
This is a question we receive quite often from our clients. There are many factors that we take into account when answering this question. The main question we ask is:
What is your life style?
- How many people will be walking on the floor consistently?
- Do you have kids?
- Do you have any pets? How heavy are they?
- Do you have people over at your house often?
- What type of finish is your top coat? Prefinished? Oil-Based Poly? Water-Based Poly?
- How many coats of finish do you have?
These are just some of the factors that must be taken into consideration. Below is a general timeline of some general lifestyles.
If you are two adult professionals who do not entertain a lot of guests, the coatings should last between 10 to 15 years in the main traffic areas.
If you are two adult professionals who do entertain a lot of guests, the coatings should last between 6 to 8 years.
If you are a family of two adults, two children, and a couple of pets, the coatings will last between 4 to 7 years.
Does this mean you have to refinish your floors every 4-7? Yes and No. No you dont have to have a Full Refinish every 4-7 years BUT we highly recommend getting your floors "Re-Coated" every 4-7. This process is fast, odorless, walkable in 3-5 hours, and well over half the cost of a full refinish. What a new coat of polyurethane does is it adds another layer of protection to your floors, extending the life of the floors usually for another 3-5 years.
Doing this every 4-6 years will prevent you from ever having to fully refinishing your floors again. Don't wait until it is too late and "wear" begins to show.