Hardwood Floor Replacement Signs to Look ForThe great thing is, hardwood floor refinishing is generally an option. So, instead of having to rip out the old top floor and installing a new covering, you simply refurbish what’s already there. And, that really cuts down on time, effort, and cost.
Hardwood floors take a lot of abuse, and over time they can become stained, warped, chipped or just dull. When your hardwood floor begins to appear worn out, you can refinish it to restore its original shine, or you can tear out the floor and completely replace it. —San Francisco GateBut, there are instances when replacement is the only real solution. Therefore, you should be in-the-know about what constitutes a necessity. In other words, it’s best to do small repairs or just refinish hardwood instead of outright replacement. The good news is, there are some fairly obvious hardwood replacement signs you can look for:
- Board separation. Temperature and moisture fluctuations can wreak havoc on hardwood. Over time, these two factors can cause the boards to gap and separate. If you see gaps and they don’t close during summer, replacement is probably the fix.
- Cupping. When the edges cup up and the centers stay in place, that’s known as cupping. And, it’s a sign replacement is in the near future. Particularly if the edges curl up more and more over time.
- Crowning. If the center rises in the boards but the edges remain in place, crowning is happening. Crowning generally occurs from moisture imbalances and does not naturally correct itself. Crowning generally worsens and isn’t an easy fix.
- Buckling. Hardwood can also pull away from the subfloor underneath. When this occurs, the hardwood buckles. Most often, buckling is the result of severe moisture exposure. Or, if a home experiences flooding. (If it’s due to flooding, the subfloor might also need some TLC.)
- Gouges. Deep gouges occur for all kinds of reasons. Furniture and foot traffic are sources of gouges. But also, termites can be the source. Of course, the appearance differs but do look similar. Some gouges can be filled but others need board replacement. If there are enough gouges, it’s worth looking into total replacement rather than little fixes here and there.