How Do You Update Pine Flooring?

Are you facing the daunting task of restoring your pine flooring? Are you wondering if it’s even worth the effort and expense? This question springs up with us all the time “How Do You Update Pine Flooring?” In this article, we’ll dive into the challenges of updating pine flooring and explore whether restoration is the right choice for you.

The Problem with Pine Flooring Restoration

Let’s begin by examining the picture shared by Rob, who is dealing with a flooring dilemma. Rob’s pine floor had seen better days, with concrete patches, a black ring around the edges, and substantial gaps between the boards. The floor had also suffered from the impact of screws and nails, leaving it in a sorry state.

But why is this a big problem? It all comes down to the materials used for patching and the chemical reactions they can trigger. Plaster and cement often contain alkaline chemicals, which can react with the floor finish when sanded and refinished. This reaction can lead to unsightly blotches on the floor, making it look even worse than before.

In Rob’s case, the cement patches on the floor are clear indicators that this chemical reaction is likely to occur during restoration. The end result? A floor that not only looks patchy but also mismatched due to the different colours of the new boards. Is this something you want to invest your money and time in?

Consider the Alternatives

Before you decide to restore your pine flooring, consider the alternatives. Rob’s restoration cost is estimated to be around £65 to £75 per square meter. However, you also have to factor in the potential issues with colour matching and blotchiness.

On the other hand, you could opt for a new engineered floor, which might cost roughly £100 to £220 per square meter. For a little extra investment, you can install a stunning oak floor that you can sand and refinish twice, maintaining its pristine appearance.

[Remember, these prices may have increased due to this being taken in 2021. the above prices are just as an example]

Our Advice

If you’re in a situation similar to Rob’s, we recommend taking a moment to weigh your options. The cost of restoring a heavily damaged pine floor might not justify the end result. It’s essential to think about the potential drawbacks, such as colour discrepancies and blotches.

At our flooring division, we’re here to help you make an informed decision. We can provide advice on both restoring and replacing your floor, ensuring you end up with a solution that meets your needs & expectations. We believe in honesty and transparency, and if there are better choices than restoring your pine floor, we’ll be upfront about it.

In the end, we’d rather see you happy with a new floor than disappointed with a restoration that falls short of your expectations. It’s about providing you with the best long-term solution for your space.

So, what have we learned?

Updating pine flooring can be challenging, especially when faced with extensive damage and potential restoration complications. As a homeowner, it’s crucial to evaluate the cost, quality, and long-term results of your choice.

In Rob’s case, opting for a new engineered floor offers not only a fresh and beautiful look but also the opportunity for future refinishing. At our flooring division, we prioritize your satisfaction and will guide you toward the best option for your space.

So, whether you’re dealing with pine flooring like Rob or considering an upgrade for your home, remember to weigh the pros & cons carefully. Feel free to reach out to us for expert advice and a flooring solution that leaves you delighted with your choice.

Below is the video where all this information came from. 

Made in October 2021.

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Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please don’t hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901549 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet CleaningUpholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Farthings Cambridge provides our Dry Cleaning service.