Flooring Problems and their Solutions: Part Two

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

Part two

Continuing with the previous blog post we are looking into the problems that might arise with your hardwood flooring over its lifespan. Problems will arise but we are here to talk about solutions.

 

Cupping

 

Cupping like buckling is when there is too much moisture in your floorboards. However with cupping that moisture is directly beneath the flooring. Buckling moves the boards outward and cupping moves the boards inward.

 

To repair the issue a vapor retarder needs to be installed between the subfloor and the floorboards. This will mitigate the moisture issues coming from below the boards and prevent future cupping from occurring. Some boards will correct themselves once the vapor barrier is installed but others will need to be sanded and finished to return them to their original lustre.

 

Wear and tear

 

Excessive wear on any hardwood floors will naturally occur over time. Floors are meant to be walked on and will naturally start to show that use over time. But if your floors are only a couple of years old and are already looking like they are 50 years old then the problems likely come from improper sanding, poorly maintained floors, or the finish build up in pockets too quickly.

 

Even if your floors are installed and finished perfectly by the Leonardo Da Vinci of flooring proper maintenance must be followed or else the flooring will suffer the consequences of poor maintenance which is wear and tear.

 

Acclimating

 

It sounds silly and a waste of time but it is very very important to allow your floorboards to get used to their new environment. I have spoken about this in previous blog posts but I can’t stress this enough. Floorboards are created in a controlled environment. The factory temperature and climate is controlled so that the product coming out of the factory is perfect. However, as wood is alive it will acclimatize itself to the environment it is placed and once it is out of the plastic packaging from the factory the wood needs time to get used to its new surroundings.

 

Take the time to remove the boards, yes all the boards, from the packaging and allow them to sit in their new home for a few days. It might sounds silly but the wood needs time to adjust, to expand and contract with the variations in temperature of its new home. Once it has had time to do so it will be easier to install and the homeowner will have a better guarantee that the boards will be installed properly.

 
 
       
 
   
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