Royal Wood Floors covers important hard wood floor problems and cures so that Milwaukee home owners can prevent their beautiful hard wood floors from becoming damaged – Series 5
Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. Different types of hard wood floor damage can often times be dealt with through hard wood floor restorations, it is important that residents be educated on it. In this article we want to discuss what is called Gaps, Abnormalities & Greenhouse Effect to better educate the homeowners that want to keep their hard wood floors beautiful and long lasting.
Gaps & Abnormalities
These are gaps in a hard wood floor that remain with seasonal change. If some boards appear glued together by the finish then there may be a defect in side-bonding. This can also be caused by Edge Crush or Compression Set from prior exposure to extreme moisture. Other causes can be from hot spots in the sub-floor such as poorly insulated heating ducts, hot water plumbing lines, radiant heating systems, register openings and appliance motors. “Debris between the wood floor boards, improper nailing or even nail position can also cause gaps in the floor boards,” says Allman. Other causes can be cracked tongues. Flooring installed with an excessive high moisture content or over a sub-floor with excessive high moisture as well as flooring that has not been installed tightly enough to begin with can all contribute to resulting gaps between boards. Foundation settlements can also contribute to the creation of gaps or improper sub-floor materials that will not hold nails are also causes for this type of issue. For floors that have been glued down, early foot traffic, incorrect adhesive transferred or used, the wrong amount of flash time for the adhesive or not using a roller when recommended all cause gaps. The cure for this problem is to remove the cause and then restore normal humidity levels. After the floor has stabilized, use filler in gaps that are small enough to be filled and then re-coat the floor. For large gaps use a sliver (Dutchman) or wider board to eliminate the gap.
The cure for this problem is to remove the cause and then restore normal humidity levels. After the floor has stabilized, use filler in gaps that are small enough to be filled and then re-coat the floor. For large gaps use a sliver (Dutchman) or wider board to eliminate the gap.
This is when hard wood floors shrink and swell due to limited air movement and inconsistent humidity levels. The cause of this is that the space is closed up with no air control or air exchange. Sunlight through windows can generate heat, creating condensation and abnormal humidity levels. Noticeable shrinkage or expansion will occur when an attempt is made to stabilize the atmosphere. The cure for this is that after the environment becomes stable, you can follow the cures that also fix cupping floors, buckling or gaps. Controlling the atmosphere during and after the installation is critical to avoid issues caused by the greenhouse effect.
For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration and new installation company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 727-267-2617. Easy estimates and appointments are currently available through the company’s website HERE. The company provides top craftsmanship and cares for many types of custom and domestic wood. Visit the company’s website for examples of previous work.