Here in Montco, we live in an area touched by hundreds of years of history. This means that it is not uncommon to see homes or buildings that have historic significance. These quaint structures often have old hardwood covering the floors, but many people don’t know what to do with it. Before making any decisions about your historic hardwood, call your experts at Floor Coverings International Montco to let you know your options.
First and foremost, don’t rush to rip it out. We often underestimate the resilience and durability of old hardwoods. A professional refinishing can restore your old wood and preserve the value of your home. However, if the wood is damaged beyond repair and needs to be replaced completely, stick with solid or engineered wood products that are better suited to the aesthetic of your historic home.
In homes with old hardwood, it is important to keep it clean and well maintained. Don’t let spills sit, sweep or vacuum dust and allergens, and get it checked for rot or termites regularly. Older hardwoods may not be sealed and protected from damage like modern floors or engineered varieties are. Avoid mopping and clean sticky or hard to remove stains by hand; excess water from mopping can be absorbed by the wood. A regular routine can add years to the life of your hardwood floors, which might already be on their second century!
If your floors are faded and scuffed or you see copious cracks throughout, consider reapplying a durable coat of finish to your wood. This will help make it more resilient to further damage and fill the cracks that may be entry points for moisture and insects. This process is simple enough, but consult your local flooring team to discuss what type of sealant is best. This is also a great opportunity to re-stain your floors if you don’t love the weathered look. A new stain can brighten the color of your wood but try to stick to a traditional hue to maintain the integrity of the space.
To refinish your floors, hire a professional team to get the job done right. Your floors will be sanded down to an even layer, buffed, polished, and resealed. While some homeowners may tackle this project as a DIY, a rough job can potentially damage the structure and value of your floors and home. Depending on the durability and width of the planks, there are a finite amount of times your floors can go through this process. Be sure they can handle it before beginning. However, once the process is complete, you will have rejuvenated floors ready for a contemporary look.
For more information or to start a flooring project in your historic home, contact your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Montco. We proudly serve King of Prussia, Lafayette Hill, Blue Bell and offer free in-home consultations and estimates. Get started today!