Split or Cracked Wood
Over time, many hardwood floors develop small splits or cracks in the surface of the wood needing hardwood floor repair.
Gaps in the Planks
This is a common development for hardwood floors. The most common cause of these gaps is Mother Nature. Wood shrinks as it dries out, and it expands when it gets wet and humid. That regular expansion and contraction over time is the most common cause of gaps. This is the main reason why most gaps are seasonal in nature.
When the floorboards warp and lift up from the subfloor, this is called buckling. It is imperative that the root cause of this be identified. Once that is done, the necessary measures should be taken to ensure that your hardwood planks are firmly attached to the subfloor.
Also called washboarding, this develops 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.
Warped Hardwood Floors
Also known as sagging, this is a serious problem for any homeowner. It is often the result of serious moisture problems. Any evidence of warped hardwood floors must be addressed immediately. Warped hardwood floors are rarely the result of faulty hardwood or installation. They are a symptom of larger moisture problems in the home itself that needs to be taken care of.
Other Hardwood Floor Repair Problems
There may also be scratching or loose planks with hardwood flooring. Scratches can be repaired with touch up kits, or something as simple as a like colored crayon. If you’ve got serious scratching, however, you may need to hire a contractor to refinish the flooring altogether. With loose planks, the only solution is to tie them down. Ideally they should be nailed to the subfloor to prevent any more movement. However, excessively loose boards can be a sign of improper installation in the first place. Bringing in a professional hardwood installer to re-install your flooring properly is probably the only sure way to permanently solve the problem.
At Pyle Legacy Floors we understand that hardwood floor repair and maintenance are essential to maintaining the value of your home. We have been repairing hardwood floors for over 70 years, helping a variety of clients in Stockton, Modesto, Riverbank, Lodi and surrounding communities. We will assess the damage and determine the best course of action for your particular needs. Whether certain affected areas of your floor need to be replaced, re-sanded, repositioned or refinished, with Pyle Legacy Floors you can expect no less than stellar results for a the most affordable price.