There can be a world of difference when it comes to refinishing an area in need and replacing it entirely. Let’s start with the flooring. Have you noticed wear and tear on the hardwood floors or tiles in the bathroom? These indicators could mean it’s time for a refinish. For hardwood floors, you’ll want to inspect the boards for scratches, dents, sun damage causing discoloration and water damage. If these seem manageable and mainly cosmetic, you could refinish the surface by hiring professionals to sand and apply a fresh coat of polyurethane.
However, if the floors show significant damage that cannot be patched or covered, especially if there is water damage affecting the baseboards, it may be time to replace. Another indicator that replacement is necessary is the height of the boards. Resurfacing requires a thick enough surface and if you’re down to the nails, sanding and refinishing just won’t be possible.
For further examples of home projects and how to assess the scale of work needed, please see the accompanying resource.