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Wood Floor Refinishing versus Tile

Thursday, Aug. 23rd 2018

Wood floor refinishing can be the best option for homeowners when the floors begin to lose their luster or have been damaged in some way. When trying to decide between refinishing your wood floors or installing tile, homeowners can have a tough time deciding on which type of flooring is best for their home. Let’s take a look at some of the pros-and-cons of whether to undertake the job of wood floor refinishing or installing tiles in your home.


With wood floor refinishing, the end result will be beautiful, durable, and easy to care for floors. Hardwood floor care procedures like reviving, restoring or refinishing can be handled easily. Hardwood floors, whether of solid wood or engineered, can be continued throughout the entire home, even in the kitchen and bathroom if desired. Wood floors provide a warmer, classier look to the home. Homeowners in the market to buy a home prefer hardwood floors over tile or carpeting.

wood floor refinishing armstrong citywideBy comparison, trending among homeowners right now is installing tile flooring that looks like wood. It also has its advantages – it’s a lot easier to pull up and replace if necessary, it works great in areas where moisture won’t harm them (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or basement), they are less expensive than wood floor refinishing, and is very durable as well as versatile – tile that looks like wood comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors, even wood grain, so you get the wood floor look you want, but without the maintenance that comes with hardwoods. On the other hand, tile floors draw heat away so the floors are colder, especially in winter. There is the option of installing radiant heat beneath the tile, but it is expensive and drives up the cost, so you end up paying a lot more than if you had chosen wood floor refinishing.

Refinishing hardwood floors might be the best option when the floors begin to lose their luster, or if they are scratched or damaged. Hardwood floors look good for years and years, with proper care and maintenance. However, they eventually will need to be refinished. Wood floor refinishing protects your investment and has a great return value if you are planning to sell – research indicates that most homes with hardwood floors sell more quickly and at a higher price point than homes without them. It makes a lot of sense when you decide on wood floor refinishing instead of installing tile.

The process of wood floor refinishing only takes a few days, and the results are worth any inconvenience. It is the most cost-effective way to rejuvenate your floors. Proper maintenance and care of your wood floors will ensure their longevity and durability. Most homeowners prefer hardwood floors throughout the main living space of their home, with tile in the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms.

Armstrong-Citywide has been refinishing hardwood floors in the greater Kansas City area for more than 30 years. We work all over the metro, and we are the best-of-the-best hardwood floor refinishing companies in the area. Call us today at 816-765-7777.

Floor Care Tip

No matter where you live whether it’s Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe or anywhere in the K.C. Metro area we all struggle with dust in our homes.

When cleaning your hardwood floors, we recommend using Bona X or Windex window cleaner without ammonia. A flat terry cloth changeable mop is your best bet. We suggest wetting the terry cloth mop with the Bona X or Windex to moist state, much like towel dried hair. Lightly mist your hardwood floors, straight out of the bottle either cleaner, so that your mop will glide easily across the floor. If you are leaving streaks you are using to much cleaner. Your floor should end up dustless and clean as a whistle. To check to see if you are getting your floor clean, spray a little cleaner on the floor and wipe dry with a white paper towel. If it is still white then your wood floors are clean.

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