Common Hardwood Flooring Repairs
Hardwood flooring is engineered to be sturdy and durable. It is polyurethane coated to protect the surface from wear. Wear and tear gets to it eventually. Moisture, heat, and temperature fluctuations also cause damage to the hardwood boards. Heavy usage by kids and pets also damages the hardwood floorboards.
When this happens, the most probable question on your mind is, “Should I repair or replace my hardwood floors?”
If you are wondering if you can fix damaged hardwood floors, the answer depends on the nature and extent of the damage. Some damage may require nothing more than a slight touch-up to restore shine; others will require extensive intervention. For this, consider getting in touch with Nature Woods Floors for the professional touch.
Consult a qualified maintenance specialist if ever in doubt. But the common problems with hardwood floors listed below give you an idea of how to evaluate the damage and what to do.
Can You Fix Damaged Hardwood Floors?
Some of these damages are an opportunity to practice and show off your DIY skills.
- Splits and Cracks
Splits and cracks in the boards of a hardwood floor happen when the wood dries out. It then becomes weak and splits, creating cracks and gaps in the boards.
It is easy to fix. Use angled nails to fasten the crack and hide the spot with some putty. The area can then be sanded and polished. If the cracks are too large, seek professional help.
- Scratches, Dents and Gouges
Pets, kids, and accidents are the primary cause of scratches, dents, and gouges. Sanding and finishing will easily ensure the damage is no less than 1/8th inch deep. Otherwise, it may be necessary to remove and replace the affected pieces.
You can do this yourself if you have the tools and faith in your DIY skills. A qualified repairman is a better bet, though.
- Water Damage
Water that permeates the material of the hardwood can cause changes in its shape.
It results in warping, where the hardwood board sags inward. Indicating a severe water problem that needs to be dealt with at once. An expert should then evaluate and advise on damage control to the boards.
Water discoloration and cupping are taken care of by refinishing. Strip away the finishing, sand away the discoloration, and apply another finishing.
If the boards buckle and lift, first identify the cause and deal with it. If the buckling is not extensive, you can re-fasten the boards to their supports.
Can You Spot Repair Hardwood Floors?
Most of the damage to your hardwood floor is solved with a spot repair. Suppose the damage is superficial scratching; coat lightly with floor wax. Use a soft cloth and wipe off the excess. Buff to restore shine.
Stubborn food, oil, and grease stains are removed with a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide.
To replace a single plank:
- Make holes in it and use them to knock it off.
- Don’t drill to the subfloor.
- Slide in a new plank.
- Sand off the rough edges and stain to match the rest of the floor.
- Apply a double coat of polyurethane.
Damages to the hardwood floor should be dealt with early to prolong its life and maintain its beauty. Get in touch with Nature Woods Floors for this assistance and much more.