It is best to finish the wood floor and apply a protective sealant as soon as possible after sanding the wood floor preferably the same day the flooring is installed. This protects the floor from moisture and other possible issues that could cause the wood grain to rise which results in a rougher wood surface. Before you begin finishing the floor, you need to be sure that it is perfectly clean and free of dust or debris. Also, carefully check for any flaws or imperfections. Great Flooring uses High Quality stains and finishes for our products.
Hardwood Floor Repair: Split or Cracked Wood
Over the years, many hardwood floors develop small splits or cracks in the surface of the wood. These can be spot repaired by our professional services. However, if your floor is suffering from large cracks, you may want to think about refinishing the entire hardwood floor. If the split is severe, you should probably replace the damaged plank altogether.
Repairing Wood Flooring : Gaps in the Planks
Another common hardwood floor issue is the development of gaps between planks. The most common causes of gaps between the boards is Mother Nature. Wood shrinks as it dries out, and it expands when it gets wet and humid. As a rule of thumb, if the gap is less than the thickness of a dime, your flooring is normal and there's nothing to worry about. If your gaps are more persistent, you might need to call us to tighten up your hardwood floor with our professional hardwood floor repair service.
Repair Hardwood Flooring : Buckling
A buckled floor happens when the boards warp and lift up from the subfloor they are attached to. You'll most likely need to call us to identify the root of the problem if buckling is an issue. Once the cause of floor buckling has been identified, we will need to take the necessary measures to ensure that your hardwood planks are firmly attached to the subfloor, so that the problem no longer persists.
Cupped floors, also called washboarding. This issue 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. 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, call us and we will sand it flat and re-finish it to perfection.