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Should I change or repair my floor?

Should I change or repair my floor? Stéphanie Landry Poirier

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Your floor is getting aged and you hesitate between changing and repairing it? We will here make the point between the 2 options in describing the strengths, weaknesses and costs for each solution.

Replacing a wood floor

Among the benefits of replacing it, we note that you will have a brand new floor that will last for years to come. You even can decide to choose a new color to change the room atmosphere.

Replacing a wood floor, including the material and installation may vary between 7 and $15 per square foot. On top of this, you need to add the subfloor costs which create an increase in the total costs.

Repairing a wood floor

Many solutions are offered on the market to repair a wood floor. If you like the natural look of the wood, the ideal solution to give back the original luster to your floor is without a doubt a clear waterborne polyurethane finish. This type of product is easy to apply, has a low odor and dries quickly to reduce duration of the project.

Money wise, this solution is sold at less than 0.50$ per square foot. Requiring a little less effort for the installation than a new floor, it is really easy to realize the project by yourself in a single day. As it may be applied with a roller, it is as easy to use as rolling paint on the wall.

What should I do if I have a floating, stratified or vinyl floor?

You also have the option to replace the floor. The approximate cost varies between 3.5 and 15$ per square foot. We still need to add the subfloor’s pricing to this cost.

However, like for wood floors, there are solutions that may be installed on this type for surface to give back the original luster. These solutions are sold at less than 0.20$ per square foot.

In any case, the reparation option, even if it’s simple to achieve, is a little more work than completely replacing the floor with an installation specialist. However, the reparation may extend the lifetime of your actual flooring of few years with a significantly lower cost.