Determining the lifespan of your floor coatings can be a tricky task, and it’s a question that our clients ask us frequently. There are several factors to consider, including your lifestyle, the number of people walking on your floor, the presence of children or pets, the frequency of house guests, the type of finish used on the floor, and the number of coats.
When answering this question, we begin by asking you about your lifestyle. How many people will be walking on your floor on a regular basis? Do you have children, pets, or frequent house guests? What type of finish is on your floor and how many coats have been applied?
Based on these factors, we have come up with a general timeline for different lifestyles:
- For two adult professionals who do not entertain guests often, floor coatings can last 10-15 years in high traffic areas.
- For two adult professionals who entertain guests frequently, floor coatings can last 6-8 years.
- For families with two adults, two children, and pets, floor coatings can last 4-7 years.
It’s important to note that these are just rough estimates, and actual lifespan may vary. However, we highly recommend recoating your floors every 4-7 years to extend their lifespan.
Re-coating your floors is a fast, odorless process that can be walked on within 3-5 hours and is significantly more cost-effective than a full refinish. A new coat of polyurethane adds an extra layer of protection to your floors, typically extending their lifespan by another 3-5 years.
By re-coating your floors every 4-6 years, you can avoid the need for a full refinish and ensure that your floors look their best for years to come. Don’t wait until it’s too late and the signs of wear and tear become evident. Take care of your floors now to protect your investment for the future.
It is important to note that the timeline mentioned above is just a general guideline and may vary based on various factors such as the quality of the finish, the quality of the wood, the environment, etc. Regular maintenance such as vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping can also extend the life of your floor coatings.
Additionally, you can also opt for higher quality floor finishes that are specifically designed to be more durable and long-lasting. These types of finishes can help to ensure that your floors stay looking great for longer, even with heavy foot traffic and pet activity.
Overall, taking care of your hardwood floors is an investment in the longevity and beauty of your home. Regular re-coating can help to keep your floors looking their best for years to come, and can help to prevent the need for expensive refinishing work down the line. So, be proactive and consider a re-coating every 4-6 years to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful and protected.
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