If you have noticed some missing boards on your hardwood floors, but the rest is fine, replacing them is a waste of both time and money. Especially if they use the tongue and groove design that is common in modern hardwood floors, it is easy and quick to simply remove the damaged board without affecting the rest of your floor. However, replacing entire pieces of hardwood floor can be a tedious task as not all pieces are the same in quality.
In order to make sure that you get a good, quality, and professional-looking installation when you install your new hardwood floors, it is best to consider the following hardwood floors repair tips. With the proper care, your wood floors will last for many years and retain their original color.
First, you should replace the broken or cracked replacement boards before finishing your floor. Even the easiest pieces of hardwood are made of a variety of different woods. Some wood may be cheaper than others and some may be much more durable than others.
If you want to get the best quality and look out of your replacement boards, you can always sand them first to ensure that there are no imperfections on the surface. There is nothing worse than having to replace a perfectly good piece of wood just because it was too badly damaged.
Once you have repaired any damaged boards or replaced the broken ones, you can then start repairing the rest of your hardwood floors. One way to clean up some hardwood is to use vinegar and water. It is quite easy to clean the surface by applying the solution to the affected area and then wiping it off after about a minute.
While you are installing your new hardwood floors, you may want to make sure that there are no sharp edges near the areas where the boards join. This can help prevent injury from furniture moving around on the floors. Hardwood floors are quite sturdy and hard to damage so you should not need to worry about anything else.
When you do finally install the replacement boards you should use nails or screws to hold the boards together. The nails should be about 3 inches long so that you can make sure the boards stick together and don’t snap. You will find that a regular hammer will damage your floor.
After you finish installing your hardwood floors, you should then seal the wood. This can be done with oil-based wood finish, latex foam, or epoxy, whichever you prefer. Make sure that the surface of the floor is completely smooth to prevent water from seeping in between the boards and into your flooring and causing problems.
If you have had problems with your hardwood flooring before, you may want to call a flooring contractor to help you get things repaired or replaced. Since the cost of installing hardwood flooring is pretty high, it makes sense to pay the extra expense to get a professional flooring company to take care of the problem rather than trying to fix it yourself. In the end, you may end up saving a lot of money in the long run, and you won’t have to worry about damaging your hardwood floors while trying to fix them yourself.