Common Hardwood Floor Repairs
A well-cared for hardwood floor will provide a lifetime of beauty and enjoyment, but even the most careful homeowner will occasionally be faced with the need for hardwood floor repairs. An unnoticed water leak, an over-exuberant puppy, and an under-planned move of the piano are just a few of the common occurrences that can cause repairable damage to your floor. Let’s take a look at some common scenarios and the solutions offered by My Affordable Flooring.
Damage caused by a burst pipe or leaky faucet can be disastrous, but is often more easily repairable than one would assume. The first step is to identify and repair the source of the water then take the necessary steps to ensure that the water leak can’t happen again. Once the source of the damage is repaired, it’s important to contact an expert to assess the level of damage and recommend a course of action for the repair.
If the damage is limited to some simple finish peeling, slight discoloration, or mild floorboard warping (also called “cupping”), the flooring may be repairable with simple hardwood floor refinishing. The existing finish will be stripped or sanded away, and any discoloration or warping can often be sanded down to minimize or eliminate the damage. If the damage is too severe, board replacement may be necessary. In many situations, a section of boards can be replaced using the same types of hardwood flooring, and then the entire floor can be refinished to create a repaired floor that is as good as new.
Scratches, Dents and Gouges
Any homeowner who has lived with hardwood flooring for a long time has felt the pain of accidentally dropping a sharp object or sliding a rough, heavy item and denting, scratching or gouging his or her beautiful floor. Luckily, these type of blemishes are frequently repairable as well.
As long as the dent, scratch or gouge is no deeper than ⅛-inch, there is a reasonable chance that it can be repaired by sanding and finishing. Floor damage that is deeper than that, however, nearly always requires replacing the boards, then sanding and refinishing the entire floor.
Homes of all ages often have holes in the hardwood flooring, possibly from staples and tacks from a previous carpet installation, or holes drilled to run telephone wires or cables for television. While board replacement and refinishing is the only way to completely remove all evidence of these holes, wood filler can often be used to mask the holes and make them much less apparent. The pros at My Affordable Floors have the experience necessary to expertly perform the best repair for your particular situation.
Other kinds of damage
Although many surface blemishes and shallow imperfections can be repaired relatively quickly by My Affordable Floors experts, extreme damage resulting from pet urine, major plant stains, and burns often require replacement of the boards and refinishing of the whole room. Since these repair and refinish jobs can be intrusive and expensive, it’s important to hire a professional with the experience and service necessary to do the job right. With My Affordable Floors, you get our 20+ years of experience, our exemplary customer service, and our quality equipment and materials, all at a affordable price.
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