Tongue And Groove Wood Floor Boards - One question I have already been asked time and again over the years working in the wood flooring industry is; can my old fitted wooden floor be sanded and refurbished? Several people have a wooden floor in their own house that has been down for 6-10 years that is appearing tired, lifeless, has scratches or stains in and has definitely seen better days. Most people know that original floor boards or parquet floors might be sanded back to create a finished floor that is wonderful, using a fitted wooden floor is a little more confusing, but things to do.
You have to learn that it is wood, & most importantly what type of floor you've got. In case your floor is a wood effect laminate then I'm afraid the only real option is to replace it. Laminate flooring comes in varying degree of quality, but most of the time it's actually a wood effect print stuck to either an MDF or plywood plank with a lacquer on top, sanding it destroy the floor and would sand off the paint.
There are two kinds of wooden flooring that is fitted; the good news and also engineered and solid wood flooring is, both may be sanded and refurbished to look as new as the day they were fitted. As it features a similar construction, engineered wooden flooring can sometimes be mistaken for laminate. Engineered wood flooring has a thin layer of real wood, typically between 3-5 mm bonded to a foundation of either ply or MDF board, because of its construction and that it is fitted together with a tongue and groove, it also remains quite flat.
This implies if sanded right you ought to just have to sand off less than the usual millimeter, therefore the floor can usually be sanded up to 3 times If your floor is solid wood flooring it's going to have an extremely similar look to engineered at first glance, but it will likely be built entirely of one piece of wood from the top layer of the foundation. Solid wood flooring is more expensive to make and certainly will necessarily cost a lot more to buy, but in my opinion, it's not as great a product as engineered as it's more vulnerable to warping.