Hardwood floors can help make any room look more elegant and spacious, but they can be a pain to clean and maintain. Water, humidity, or even old age can all attribute to hardwood floors warping, which makes it difficult to walk on and even unpleasant to look at. Each case of warped hardwood floors will be different depending on how bad the floors are warped or what type of wood was used for the floors, but here are a few tips to possibly help fix those little warps in your hardwood floor.
- If the damage is recent and caused by moisture, then the fix could be as easy as using a dehumidifier to draw the moisture out of the floor. This will help the wood lay back down and uncup.
- For warped floors with gaps between the boards, a latex filler could be an easy fix to this problem. The Homeguides website recommends using a latex filler on any gaps up to ¼ inch wide. It might be a good idea to sand down any excess filler if necessary.
- To straighten hardwood boards that have bulged or curled at the edges, a simple solution could be to use a high-powered sander and go parallel to the grain. This will remove layers of the hardwood floor in order to even out the boards. Make sure to refinish the floors after as needed.
- If there is a small section of the floor that is warped, one possible answer could be to use a cinderblock to weigh it down. It is important to wet the floor a bit before to help increase the flexibility of the wood and then leave a cinderblock on the warp for a few days and check the results.
Unfortunately, warped hardwood floors are usually an impossible fix and may require a complete replacement of the floor boards. For any help with replacement hardwood flooring projects feel free to contact us at JDSmith@Urbanbuiltllc.com.