In the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially when small children and pets are involved, you probably don’t spend much time investigating your hardwood floors for potential repairs. In fact, your floors might seem to be holding up just fine over the years and throwing money at a flooring company is the last thing you want to do. Take a closer look. Remember that you are not throwing money away because repairs on your hardwood sooner than later might end up actually saving you even more money in the end. Get in tune with your damage radar with these helpful suggestions that recommend when might be a good time for hardwood repairs.
There are certainly a number of places throughout your home that see a lot more daily activity than others. Maybe Dad’s favorite chair has seen a bit more wear underneath from the number of hearty reclines in each year, or maybe one barstool sees three times the movement as the other two because it is closer to the kitchen television. Whatever the case may be, if you take time to glance at your wood floors in these high traffic areas, surely you will notice places that could use improvements. This can often be solved with the simple task of refinishing your hardwood floors. This creates a more even look so that certain spots don’t look as worn anymore.
Pets are almost always a good indicator that your floors could use a little love. That familiar click of pet nails through the kitchen only means one thing: steady damage. It is inevitable that your pets’ claws are scratching through the protective coat on the surface of the wood, and over time it will start to show. Again, nothing a slight refinishing project can’t tackle. If you have more severe scratching in the wood, you might want to consider replacing parts of the hardwood floors.
Wood can be prone to accumulating water damage over time. Generally, there is a strong protective finish placed on wood during installation, but this will begin to wear off over the years. Especially when there is hardwood in the bathroom and kitchen area, water damage is something to be on the lookout for. Frequent water use can slowly deteriorate a sturdy wood floor.
One last sign to look for is cracking and separating between the wood slats. Sometimes, this will occur and has absolutely nothing to do with the initial installation of the wood flooring. The foundation of a home is always prone to changing as the earth shifts naturally. This can cause your floorboards to gently separate. This is rarely a serious, gaping problem as the cracks are typically hard to see unless you are really looking. Nonetheless, this might be something to look for if your floors are older than a decade or more.
If you are ever unsure whether or not your hardwood needs repairs, refinishing or replacement, you can always call up American Hardwood Floors to get a professional opinion on the matter.