You loved your hardwood flooring, but it is starting to look drab, scratched, and dated. You may wonder if you should paint or stain your flooring. You might also be considering sanding your floors and leaving the flooring in its natural state. Here is some invaluable information to help you determine if you should stain, paint, or opt for the natural look.
The Preparation of Your Flooring
One of the biggest factors you should consider is how the flooring is prepared. In most cases, the preparation for painting or staining your flooring is very similar. The last step is much different because you will apply stain to your flooring or paint. If you choose the natural look, you are allowing the natural beauty of the flooring to shine through and not changing the color with stain or paint.
Natural flooring also requires the same preparation, and instead of applying stain or paint, you just apply a clear protectant to prevent future dings, dents, scratches, and other damage.
Caring For Your Stained, Painted, or Natural Flooring
Although there are several similarities between caring for your natural, painted, or stained floors, there are several differences you should be aware of. For example, you should always use products specifically designed for wood flooring, and consider if the flooring is painted, stained, or natural.
You will need to refinish your flooring periodically, and sometimes, you will need to repaint your flooring sooner than refreshing your natural or stained floors, especially if the painted flooring was not properly sealed.
Which Is the Best Option for Your Needs?
Finally, the look of your flooring is a major point to consider. However, you must also consider your needs and lifestyle before making a final decision. For example, if you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you might consider staining your wood flooring a hue that will appeal to many potential buyers.
However, if you are going to stay in your home and love the idea of custom-painted flooring and understand the care and maintenance needs, then this may be the best option. However, be aware that if you have kids, you should consider staining the floor because your kids might accidentally scratch or chip the painted wood flooring.
A natural look works well in almost every type of home, from modern to traditional, as well.
If you are ready to change the look of your hardwood flooring, there are several factors to consider if you are choosing to stain, paint, or maintain a more natural look.
For more information about floor refinishing, contact a local company.