Hard wood flooring is something that many of us hate as a kid. Can you remember running through your house like a madman, slipping and sliding on the wood floors as you couldn’t wait to get to your carpeted room? After all, it’s a whole lot less painful to take a tumble on the carpet, and most of us knew it.
Now that we’ve matured, though, most of us prefer wood floors. For one thing, they’re just a lot easier to keep clean. Besides that, though, they also have a distinct look that’s appealing for a lot of homeowners. With them, though, comes a lot of maintenance. There are even entire websites dedicated to this stuff, including this one: https://www.woodfloors.org/maintenance.aspx.
This does raise the question though – is there any step along the way that we should prioritize above the others? Does the weather where we live impact that? Hot and humid places like Brisbane, for example, might require homeowners to pay attention to certain aspects of their flooring over others. Today, those are the questions that I’ll aim to answer.
Why Maintenance Matters
In general, it’s pretty easy for maintenance of stuff like our floors to slip our minds. Most likely, there’s not going to be a whole lot of time in the day to dedicate to it. With kids running around my home, it’s not really our top priority.
Despite that, though, it’s honestly pretty important to keep up with this stuff. The overall lifespan of your flooring is dependent on a few factors, after all. These are of course environmental, but also the level of care that you’re giving to it. Naturally, that does include something like sanding and polishing.
Now, there’s a fair chance that you probably don’t have time to do that sort of stuff on your own. That’s where a floor sanding contractor can really come in handy. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of them before – that’s in the next section. For now, just know that getting sanding or polishing done can extend the life of your floors as well as making them look much nicer than they did before.
Why Bring in a Professional?
Maybe it sounds a little bit strange to bring in a contractor for something as “simple” as getting your floors sanded. At the end of the day, though, the process is actually a complex one that does require some expertise. While it’s easy to look it up online, find a DIY blog, and call it a day, unfortunately those sorts of things rarely end up working as intended.
More often than not, you’ll just end up causing damage to your floors that will be quite difficult to undo. It’ll probably cost a lot to fix (or replace) and end up causing a whole lot more trouble and stress than it’s worth. In my opinion, at the least, it’s better to skip that song and dance and instead just get a contractor right off the bat.
If you’re not sure how that sort of thing would work, you can always look at resources such as this one to get a better idea of it. Essentially, you hire a professional for their services for a set period of time, and then the contract between you is over. It’s pretty simple.
When it comes to caring for hardwood flooring, it may not seem necessary. However, in terms of certain treatments such as UV cured coatings, that’s definitely not something that you can do on your own. So, if you’re interested in that, it’s probably time to find a local contractor.
Depending on where you are, though, you may need to find one who is specialized in offering such a thing. Some of them even offer it for your decks, which can be quite nice. Especially in Brisbane, the sun can end up damaging the timber that we use for our decks. Having some extra protection can be invaluable in making them last longer – no one wants to fork up the cash to replace one, after all.
So, next time that you’re considering getting your floors maintenance, consider calling a professional in. While it might cost more up front, you’re saving yourself trouble in the long run!