From cosmetic to functional concerns, find out when you should replace them
Natural, versatile, timeless… wood floors can last for decades or even generations. But if there’s damage after years of wear, or the stain just isn’t suited to your style, replacing them may be your best bet to safer and better-looking floors. Ahead, five reasons Sweeten homeowners decide to tackle this renovation project.
1) When you want to add soundproofing
When Christina decided to renovate her studio co-op in Murray Hill, the building requested that she install a layer of soundproofing. Even if soundproofing isn’t mandated, it can add a layer of ease and “acoustic comfort” to your space. And, Christina pointed out that the installation process isn’t as bad as you might think. About replacing her floors, she said: “the entire removal and installation was surprisingly a relatively fast process.”
2) When there’s water damage
In Sherry’s midtown apartment, the wood floors suffered from water damage. They were ruined by a tenant who left the windows open for weeks when Sherry’s family rented the apartment out. When she was ready to move into the space, she changed out the damaged floorboards for sleek new oak wide-paneled wood flooring.
3) When they’re uneven (and noisy)
When Katie and Marcus’ bought their apartment, they knew they’d have to replace noisy and uneven wood floors. Their contractor started to rip open the floorboards, only to find there was no subfloor. He worked to add in new subflooring and soundproofing and replace the floors. They decided on a warm red oak that complements the exposed brick fireplace.
4) When the flooring is mismatched
Kate and Graham’s apartment in Clinton Hill had a small kitchen that they needed to integrate into the rest of their home. They wanted to remove the white tile floors to make the kitchen feel more cohesive with the rest of the apartment. Luckily, when they ripped up the tiling, the floors underneath matched the rest of the house, so no replacement was required. This small change, along with some other updates, made the kitchen feel right at home.
5) When you want a new look
Sometimes, the best reason to make a change is the simplest: because you want to. A Manhattan couple decided to replace their wooden floors with a lighter finish in keeping with an overall brighter look. Their designer made other choices that helped refresh their space, like painting the walls a warmer white hue throughout the apartment and adding translucent drapes that let in more natural light.
Heather and Eric’s apartment had traditional parquet floors, untouched since the original construction of the building in the ‘70. Plus, the kitchen was outfitted with old, dingy tile. They replaced the flooring throughout with a wide-plank style with an espresso stain to offer a strong contrast to the rest of their decor.
What does it cost to replace wood flooring? This guide breaks it down for you.
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