When To Worry About Your Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are a luxury flooring option that beautify any room. With just a little maintenance, your hardwood floors can last for years without any problems. For maintenance, Better Homes and Gardens recommends sweeping the floors with a soft mop and a dusting agent every week. Deep clean periodically with a mop dampened by a wood-cleaning product. However, what if you're seeing signs of wear and tear? It may be time to refinish, repair, or even replace your hardwood floor.

Fading

Over time, the sheen of your hardwood flooring may dull or fade. This is especially noticeable with high-gloss finishes, but you can notice it with any flooring. You may see a few light surface scratches. Fading can often be fixed with screening, which is a process during which contractors buff and re-coat the floor. They lightly sand away the old finish without sanding into the wood itself before applying a new finish. However, if you see deep scratches, the contractors may have to sand into the hardwood before fully refinishing the floor.

Cupping

A subtle issue with hardwood flooring can result in the edges being higher than the center. Called cupping, this can be an installation issue. However, it also occurs if you have a leak in your plumbing in the walls. The moisture causes the wood to swell, thus rising higher at the edges. If this is the case, fixing the plumbing issue and drying out the boards should solve the problem. However, in either case, it may be necessary to hire a contractor to sand the wooden floor flat.

Cracks Between Boards

Wood is an organic material, so it is susceptible to the vagaries of temperature. When homeowners heat their homes, the lowered relative humidity of the air can cause the boards to shrink slightly. This can cause gaps between the boards. If the gaps are small, the problem will probably solve itself once the humidity rises again. However, you can also run a humidifier to settle the moisture content in the room. Just be careful with the humidity in the room—too much can infiltrate the wood and cause warping.

Warping or Sagging

In that vein, warping or sagging boards are a sign of water damage. This typically occurs because of leaking plumbing, though it can result from other sources of water as well. If you see warped or sagging boards throughout your floor, you may have to replace the floor itself. However, if the damage is limited, you may be able to just replace the affected boards. Either way, solve the water issue first.

Maintain beautiful hardwood flooring throughout your home. For more information, contact a company like K J M Floor Store.

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