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Changing the Color of Your Hardwood Floors—What You Should Know

Posted on June 11, 2020 by fivestarwood

Your trusty hardwood floors have served you well over the past many years. But with new times come new trends.

If you’re planning a home renovation to get your home in line with what’s trending, why not start with the flooring?

Does this mean ripping out your old hardwood and swapping it with something new?

Absolutely not!

Hardwood floors are a worthy investment, and you know it. So, instead of switching it for a cheaper alternative, why not give it a new look by merely changing its color?

What To Know About Your Hardwood Floor Colors

A note before we proceed; the type of wood floor you have will create limitations in terms of changing colors. Rather than deciding on which color you want beforehand, ask your hardwood installation service (like us!) for recommendations instead.

We offer several options for changing the color of your hardwood floors, so you won’t even have to worry about finding another flooring refinishing service.

Just talk to us, and we’ll guide you on the best option for your hardwood floors.

Here are some options you can choose from:

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–         Sanding and Refinishing

Depending on the condition and existing color of your hardwood, you can sand and refinish it.

But keep in mind, thin, old hardwood floors will not be able to withstand the sanding process. You also won’t be able to sand engineered floors, for example, floating floors, since they won’t be attached to any substrate. The best way to figure out whether the sanding and refinishing process work for your floors is by patch testing.

Once you figure out which color you like best, your professional sanding and floor refinishing Sammamish service will be able to stain the color as you’d like.

–         Glazing or Coating

Adding a glaze or a coat gives your hardwood floors a darker color. There are plenty of choices available for hardwood floors such as varnishes, tinted topcoats, and different types of polyurethane, so you’ll have no trouble finding the shade you’d like.

But take note that coating and glazing are temporary and can fade out over time. A permanent solution would be sanding and refinishing, but if you think you’ll change the colors of your floors in the future, you’d be better off with a coating.

–         Whitewashing

If you want to give your hardwood a newer, brighter color, whitewashing or even bleaching your wood is a good option. It’ll give your floors a softer look and would enhance the texture of the wood as well.

But be warned, whitewashing is an excellent choice for lighter wood. If you try to bleach or whitewash a dark wood floor, you’ll only end up with an ashen, muddy color that won’t likely appeal to your sense of taste.

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Speak to Us!

In addition to providing hardwood floor installation services in numerous cities in Washington State, including Redmond, Sammamish, Snohomish, and more, Five Star Hardwood Floor also provides refinishing, repair, and additional services for hardwood floors.

So, get in touch with us. We’d be more than happy to provide you with the guidance you need to make the best decisions for your floors!