Top 5 Signs You Need To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring is often an excellent investment for your home and may last a lifetime, but for that to be possible, it requires regular care and maintenance. Your home’s hardwood floors will every so often need to be sanded again and refinished, but most people don’t have an idea of how regularly it should be done

Fortunately, you can watch out for some signs to know when your hardwood floors need some care. While some of the signs are obvious, some are subtler. To help you know when you should consider refinishing your hardwood floors as opposed to completely replacing them, we have put together a list of the top 5 signs you should be looking out for:


Cupping refers to when floorboards start bending downward from the edges in a concave shape. It not only looks unattractive, but also is evidence of water damage. The damage doesn’t come exclusively from drips and spills since humidity is often a major culprit. 

Sanding can help to successfully resolve mild cupping, but if you have any floorboards that are either separating or sticking up, those individual boards need to be replaced.

Water Damage (Stains)

Stained floorboards are one of the surest signs of water damage. While it is possible to prevent most water stains by quickly wiping up spills, pet accidents, air conditioner drips, and plumbing leaks can all inevitably stain hardwood over time. Refinishing is often needed once these stains appear to reveal and protect the clean wood underneath.

Excessive Scratches

Scratched Hardwood Floors

While scratches are almost impossible to prevent, the vast majority of people use area rugs for keeping hardwood floors clean in an attempt to prevent damage. Still, when scratches are more easily noticeable on your lovely hardwood floors, it is time to have them refinished.

If one of the scenarios above describes your home, you will need to get in touch with a trusted hardwood refinishing company, such as Black Forest Hardwood Floors, to find out whether you require a complete refinish or whether the scratches are simply superficial and can be fixed with a rescreen

Gray Discoloration

Homeowners are often quick to assume that gray wood is a normal sign of aging when it comes to hardwood flooring. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that gray wood is indicative of your floors being irreversibly damaged and indicates they will require refinishing within the shortest time possible.

The polyurethane layer that protects your hardwood floors eventually wears off. Unfortunately, this may expose your flooring to water damage. The unfortunate reality is that it doesn’t need to be a lot of water to cause damage. Small exposure to water on hardwood floors can be disastrous.

Fading Color

If you have started noticing that your hardwood floors have faded due to too much exposure to UV rays, you should start considering getting them refinished. 

Sanding and refinishing your hardwood flooring and applying a new stain can help restore its natural color by removing the damaged top layer and applying a new stain to protect against the harmful effects of the sun while also keeping colors vibrant. 

Final Thoughts

Keep an eye out for the 5 major warning signs to know when you need to refinish your hardwood floors as opposed to replacing them completely. If you start seeing deep scratches, gouges, and faded areas, you need to call in the professionals such as Black Forest Hardwood Floors.

Get in touch with us today at Black Forest Hardwood Floors to learn more about the options available to you along with your free, no-obligation quote.  We look forward to hearing from you!