If taken care and maintained, some hardwood floors are built to last 25 years or more. They also carry the long-term option of being refinished to extend their lives even more.  However, it is not totally uncommon for some hardwood floors to need replacing.

Structural Issues

If you find that your hardwood area is beginning to slope, this can be a symptom of a structural issue. As unfortunate as it can be, sloping floors might reveal an underlying issue with your foundation.  Should this be the case for you, it is always important to have a professional look at both your flooring and your foundation.


One way that hardwood floors are often maintained is by refinishing the existing floors. This is a process of sanding down the wood’s surface to hide imperfections and provide a smoother finish. Over time, refinishing too much can make the wood thin, expose nails, and make the flooring unsafe. It is not recommended to refinish hardwood floors more than a few times in their lifetime. If your floors are showing signs of thinning from resurfacing, it could be time for a replacement.

Water Damage

Water damage is not just a surface level cosmetic issue, it can cause an array of other issues for your hardwood. When water penetrates, it can cause the wood to buckle, warp, or peel. Water can also cause displacement, forming gaps between the boards. Water damage to your hardwood can be a sign to replace the hardwood or put in a more water resistant option, like vinyl or tile.

Dated Style

Although hardwood can last a very long time, that doesn’t meant that it will always fit into the style trends of the future. It could be the finish, the color, are the width of the plank, but it may be replaced with a more modern option.

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