Hardwood Floor Repair
Hardwood floors may need repairs for a variety of reasons – broken boards, pet damage, water damage, walls removed, vents relocated, holes in boards, buckled flooring, etc. With the proper flooring and expertise, repairs can be blended into the floor seamlessly.
Over the years, many hardwood floors develop small splits or cracks in the surface of the wood. These can be spot repaired with some angled nails to secure the two pieces together, along with some wood putty to hide the blemishes. If your floor is suffering from large cracks, however, you might want to think about refinishing the floor. And if the split is particularly bad, you should probably replace any damaged planks.
Cupped floors, also called washboarding, develop gradually across the width of the wood strip where the edges of the hardwood planks raise up and the center of the board sinks down. The cause of cupped floors is a moisture imbalance where there is more water on the bottom side of the wood plank than on the top. The only cure is to balance the humidity levels in your home, and to give the surface time to return back to normal. After the floor has stabilized, you can have a professional sand it flat and re-finish it to perfection.
Warped Hardwood Floors
Warped hardwood floors, also known as sagging, is a serious problem for any homeowner. It is often the result of serious moisture problems or prolonged water damage, and any evidence of water damage needs to be addressed immediately. Warped hardwood floors are rarely the result of faulty hardwood or installation, but are a sympton of larger moisture problems and damage from water in the home that should be addressed.
Pet Damage and Stains
If you own pets you may have experienced issues with stains on your hardwood flooring. Sometimes your pet will have an “accident” and if it isn’t attended to in time your hardwood floor will get damaged. This could happen with any kind of pet, but typically it occurs with dogs and cats. If you notice unsightly pet stains or pet damage from prolonged exposure to urine or water we can help repair your flooring.
Other Hardwood Repair Problems
Besides major problems, you may also experience scratching or loose planks with your hardwood flooring. Scratches can be repaired with touch-up kits, or something as simple as a like-colored crayon. If you have serious scratching, however, you may need to hire a contractor to refinish the flooring altogether. And if you have loose planks, your only solution is to nail them down. Ideally they should be nailed to the subfloor to prevent any more movement, though excessively loose boards can be a sign of improper installation. We would be happy to come out and evaluate your floors and provide a written estimate for you.