Hardwood Flooring Repairs
Whether it’s Nature, negligence or just plain bad luck that is responsible for damaging your hardwood floor, be confident that Residential Floors can make the necessary correction and render a perfect, unnoticeable or nearly unnoticeable*** repair to your existing hardwood floor.
Simple or Complicated
Sometimes a sharp object can chip the wood on the floor and need only be addressed by the use of an appropriate wood filler to disguise this blemish, and sometimes a roof leaks and half of the floor space needs to be pulled-up and replaced. Bad things can happen to good people and good floors. We’re here to rectify the problem and to accomplish it without delay and with the utmost care and expertise. We generally discourage folks from filling-in gaps between boards as the natural expansion-contraction mobility of wood flooring causes these fillers to swell or crumble with the movement.
Extending Your Hardwood Flooring
If you decide to put an addition on your home or if you want to convert a room from a different flooring type to hardwood flooring and, in either case, you’ll be adjoining an existing hardwood floor, we can help. Sometimes the installation indicates that only a ‘cross-piece’ needs to be installed and then the floor may be continued as scheduled. Most of the time, however, the floor will require that we ‘tooth-in’ to the old floor. This is accomplished by removing the end boards of every course of existing flooring and ‘tooth-in’ new boards in order to blend in and create symmetry in the overall installation. It’s a bit of a time-consuming method, but it is the best way to maintain a contiguous visual.
***Restoration repairs can offer a challenge and are further complicated if complete sand & finish work doesn’t follow the repair. For example, while it’s relatively simple to replace a single board of the correct species of wood in a 200-year-old installation, the exact match of the finish can be a daunting task. You may be able to emulate the contemporary color by use of stains or modern finishes, but these will change with exposure to sunlight; and that single board will be easily noticeable. The existing floor may have exhausted its likely aging process but the new board is just starting. Typically, the right thing to do is to manage the contemporary shade and, somewhere down the line, completely sand and finish the floor to be assured of a match.