TYPES OF WOOD FLOOR DAMAGE AND THEIR CAUSES

TYPES OF WOOD FLOOR DAMAGE AND THEIR CAUSES


Though wood furniture and wood floors are made of the same material, they differ in the damages taken. Wood floors experience a wide variety of more severe damages since it gets a lot more wear and tear and heavy traffic. We have listed the minor to severe wood floor damages and their causes.




MINOR DAMAGES

Scratches And Marks

Cause: These damages are caused by many factors. Scratches can be caused by simply using a traditional broom or duster instead of a microfiber duster or cloth. Your wood floors might also get scratches from outside debris that are brought by outside shoes. Not putting welcome mats, as unusual as it sounds, will also eventually lead to scratches and marks. Not using furniture pads can also cause heavy scratches on your hardwood floors. Moreover, your cute furry friends usually cause floor marks with their claws. 



Stains And Discolorations

Cause: This type of damage is usually caused by liquid spills, your furry pet’s sweat, stool, and pee, and some type of cleaning products. Ammonia-based cleaners, over-the-counter oil-based soaps, and wax-based cleaning products cause dullness to your hardwood floors. Also, your floor may lose the sheen and evenness in color due to poor finishing techniques aside from family pets and household abuse. You also have to be aware of some types of wood that are more photosensitive than others, which means they are more likely to be affected by extreme exposure to sunlight. Due to photosensitivity, wood floors may fade in color and change over time. 



Dents, Cracks, And Chips

Cause: Nails are the most common culprit. Heavy pressure put when nailing causes cracks. Chips and dents, on the other hand, are usually caused by accidents like dropping heavy objects.



Holes

Cause: Unsightly wood floor holes are usually former nail holes. This can also happen when plugging the nail in the wrong spot. 



Knots

Cause: Knots are wood’s imperfection. Wood knots appear in the trunk of a tree where branches have died. 



All of these minor damages can easily be fixed with Coconix Floor and Furniture Repair Kit. This easy-to-use DIY wood repair kit will surely help you make all these types of damages covered, making your hardwood floors looking good as new.




SEVERE DAMAGES

Warping

Cause: Warping wood floors are often due to extreme temperature or moisture conditions. This can also be caused by exposure to too much water. 



Mold, Rot, And Odors

Cause: This type of damage is mainly due to extreme exposure to water and moist. It can also be due to wet subfloor damage.



Termite Damage

Cause: Termites eat the wood pulp, leaving the wood behind severely compromised. Termite damage on your floors is so severe that your floors may not recover even after the infestation is dealt with.



Burns

Cause: This type is not as common as scratches and dents in wood floors, burns can actually occur – especially in kitchens and near heat sources like the fireplace. 



Gaps

Cause: Abnormally wide gaps typically indicate improper installation. Wood expands during humid weather and contracts during dry periods, so any gaps on your floors will appear larger during some seasons than others. If floorboards were excessively wet during installation, the gaps between them will be wider when they dry.



Cupped Edges

Cause: Cupping on wood floors is a form of water damage. Cupped boards are those whose edges are raised higher than their center. This can happen when the wood flooring is installed over a wet subfloor. Also, high relative humidity can be a cause. 



Crowning Edges

Cause: Crowning is the reverse of cupping, with the center of board elevating higher than its edges. Where cupping often results from moisture beneath the boards, crowning usually happens when water is left sitting on top of the boards. Crowning can also happen when cupped wood floors are sanded before the moisture is addressed.


Buckling 

Cause: Buckling is the third and most severe way that wood flooring may react to moisture. When a floor buckles, the boards lift up several inches. Buckling most often results from flooding, but other moisture problems can also cause buckling if the boards were installed too close together and don’t have room to expand, or if the boards were improperly fastened to the floor.



Squeakiness and Loose Boards

Cause: Squeaky wooden floors come from loose boards rubbing against each other, nails, or adjacent pipes or ductwork. Loosening is the result of contraction, due to an overly dry indoor atmosphere in winter. Providing a small amount of humidity might help. Loose boards that present a tripping hazard can be fastened in place, from either above or below, by means of concealed screws.



Though most of these severe types of damages already require professional help, there are less severe cases like burns and small gaps that can be treated by Coconix Floor and Furniture Repair Kit. Just send a photo of your wood floor damage to support@coconix.com and we’d be glad to give you personalized advice! And of course, taking good care of your hardwood floors is still the best way to keep it looking good as new!

 

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