Any homeowner should be prepared for a major home improvement or repair project when the time comes. You do not want to go cheap on something as essential as your home floors, so be sure you are aware of the signs so that you know when your floors need to be replaced and how you can prepare. Here are 4 signs you need a new floor.
Your Floors Are Old
Chances are likely that you will only need to replace the floor in a given home once. Floors last a while, especially hardwood, concrete, or stone. But if you have a floor that’s not one of those three, like carpet, bamboo, or vinyl, then your floor is more likely to last under 10 years.
The exact lifespan of a floor depends on the quality of material and installation (which is why you should never do your own floors). If your floors are were installed back in the flip-phone era, that’s a good sign that you should start preparing for a floor replacement.
Your Floor Has Cracks
Cracks are one of the clearest signs that you need a new floor. They are much worse than an eyesore. They’re also a tripping hazard, they create more cracks, and are an inviting home to bugs and fungus. They are a major nuisance and the best way to get rid of them to is replace the floor.
You also want to keep watch on the age of your subfloor. Cracks can also be produced on the subfloor and still present a major issue.
Your Floor Has Water Damage
If your floor has any dark spots, discoloration, or is warped, then that might be a sign of water damage. Especially in the Northern Virginia region where moisture can get quite high. Water damage is another significant concern for any homeowner.
Moisture is another warm invitation for bugs and fungi to spread which can become a health hazard in your home. Once your floor has water damage it needs to be changed.
And when you are ready to change your floors, be sure to hire a professional flooring service. Having your floors professionally done can add years to your floor life. Not to mention that you will lose money through trial and error doing the floors yourself, so there’s not even a financial advantage.
Water on floors is not an ideal situation but it happens, from small spills to burst pipes that cause widespread flooding. Flooring may need to be repaired or replaced, depending on the level of damage and material of the floor.
Water is detrimental to hardwood floors. It is essential to stay on top of every spill so that your beautiful floors will not be damaged.
Wood is an organic material that can only resist the effects of water for a short while. Eventually, wood will become stained or discolored at minimum with popped nails, buckling from absorbed moisture, or mold growth likely if the water exposure continues.
The largest factor in determining the damage is the amount of water and the length of time the wood floor is exposed to the water. More moisture will be retained if the floor is left to dry on its own rather than cleaned up differently. A solid hardwood floor is more vulnerable than an engineered hardwood floor. Water that has penetrated the subfloor is also much more damaging than water that is cleaned up more quickly.
If the water damage is minor, the floor can often be repaired by replacing individual floorboards and then sanding and refinishing the entire floor. This is a great option if it can be done but if there is widespread water damage or water has seeped into the sub floor than the entire floor may have to be replaced.
Carpet is easily damaged by water due to its high absorption of moisture. Carpet that has been soaked by rainwater or other clean water may be salvageable by placing large fans in the affected room to help the carpet dry. Assess the carpet for any growth of mold in which case it will need to be removed immediately.
Carpet that has been soaked with unsanitary water such as an overflowing toilet or leaking dishwasher is generally considered unsalvageable and should be removed and replaced immediately. A flooring professional can help determine whether the underlying floor was damaged and needs remediation as well.
Tile is the most durable flooring with regards to water and moisture buildup, but it can still become damaged by excessive moisture and water. The adhesive seal in the grout of individual tiles is easily damaged by moisture buildup and can break apart, allowing water to seep in between the tiles and underneath the tiles. Tile floors need to be dried and potentially regrouted with minor water damage while major water damage may require the entire floor to be torn up with possible mold remediation.
Our flooring specialists are here to help you determine whether to repair or replace your floors, call us today!
You may love the floors you have, but they’ve seen better days, right? You may not have the budget now to replace them or to have them refinished, but you know you need to do it in a year. So, what do you do when your floors need to last just one more year before you either replace or refinish them? We’ve put together a list of maintenance ideas we think will help prolong the life of your floors to keep them looking presentable until your budget is ready to make the change.
- Pets, kids, and guests bring in unwanted dirt and grime that scratch up your wood and give it that dull look. Keep that debris off your already sensitive floors by asking them to take off their shoes when you can, and use rugs and mats to eliminate the opportunity of scratches.
- As we mentioned, dirt and debris can cause more damage to your already damaged floor. If kids, pets or guests have brought these things into the house, clean it up as quickly as you can. No one says you have to stand around with a vacuum all day, but a once a day sweep will keep your hardwood floors looking great. Add to this a quick mop once or twice a week and you’ll lengthen the life of our floors.
- Certain cleaning solutions can wreak havoc on your floors, and you don’t even realize it! Make sure to use the gentlest cleaning solutions possible, or, give us a call to give you tips on what products to use. There are some organic solutions as well that we can give you.
- Furniture can severely damage your hardwood floors, especially chairs or tables that move consistently every day. Prevent unsightly scratches by putting felt pads on the bottom of your furniture. This will prolong the life of your floors, and keep them safe as well.
- If you’ve tried to make those floors last just a bit longer, but the scratches and damage is more than you can cover up with a rug, or clean with a Swiffer, it may be time to call in the professionals! We understand if you’ve put off taking care of your floors due to budgeting. Make an appointment with our team to discuss what your budget is and how we can help you stay within that budget, and have beautiful floors again! The options are endless, just give us a call!
We’ve been there; your child wants to have a special bath, so you start filling the tub. The other child calls for you while the little one sits in the bath and delights in the rising water. Once the water has reached maximum height, he shuts it off and promptly starts to do diving practice. By the time you make it back, he’s already managed to get most of the water from the tub all over the bathroom floors, which also seep into the hall floors, and down the stairs. The amount of water is immense, and your floors are in danger. What do you do?
Look for Signs of Water Damage
Assess the area as to what level of damage you may have. The amount of repair you need will depend on how severe the damage is. This may not be visible within the first hour of water exposure, so be sure to keep your eye on it within the next few days. Look for cracking, peeling, cupping, crowning or buckling. Cracking and peeling can be repaired easily with sanding and refinishing, however when the edges of the planks curl upward, or the middle of the planks are swollen higher than the edges, or the plan sticks out above the surrounding floor boards, you may be looking more at a replacement.
Call the Experts-Fast
Now that you know what kind of help you need, call Kruper Flooring to give you an estimate on either finishing and sanding, or replacing the planks. We’ll give you a fair estimate on the work that is needed and expedite it efficiently so that you’re not displaced (if that is the case) for a long period of time.
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can come out and assess the damage. We can usually decrease the level of repair as well.
Chances are, the whole lot of flooring is not entirely damaged, meaning, you could replace only the damaged planks and save some money. The new planks will be seamlessly weaved into the existing floor and if need be, we can sand, finish and stain the area to match the entire floor, making it look as good as new!
We understand that life happens. There are some things you just can’t avoid! We don’t want you to feel your whole flooring is ruined because of one mishap. Let us take care of your damage, so that you can breathe a sigh of relief!
It’s a very festive season, and it’s almost coming to an end. The decorations that have been hung, placed, or tacked on to walls will show the potential damage they have done after they come down. Keep your walls and floors protected following our tips so that it still looks as grand before and after the season is over!
Messed Up Mantels
Decorated fireplace mantels are like the centerpiece of the home-the décolleté if you will. Because most mantels are made of wood, they’re also susceptible to a lot of damage. Nails used to hang stocking or other seasonal decorations can leave sizable holes especially if your decorations are slightly heavy. Instead of causing noticeable damage, use weighted hooks. Many come in very decorative styles too.
Scary Staircase Railing
If you have a hardwood staircase, there are two important things you must do to avoid damage: no shoes, and no nails! Shoes can track in dirt that gets ground into the wood, high heels leave impressions on the stairs, and hands full of sticky residue from holiday sweets can set the stage for a host of irreparable damage and stains. Remind guests to take their shoes off before they walk through your home, especially if they will be going up and down stairs. Also, consider using removable tape to hang garland or wrap your stair railing with ribbon and garland instead to avoid nasty holes from nails.
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Like we said, it’s not rude to ask your guests to take their shoes off before walking through your home. The damage shoes make to your floors, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse, is nearly impossible to repair. The salt that protects us from ice and snow is tragic on floors, so do your best to keep your foyer as clean as possible to avoid damage in front of your front door as well.
After the holidays, you’ll most likely want to bring that Christmas tree down and either store it if it’s fake, or toss it if it’s real. In either case, don’t drag the Christmas tree, regardless of how heavy it is. This can scratch up the finish on your floors and leave it dull.
Deck your halls and express your Christmas Spirit any way you wish! Just be sure to keep in mind your furniture, mantel, staircase, and floors should be taken care of before and after the season is over.
If your wood has been damaged (or tile, or carpet) contact us to come in and give you an estimate for repair or replacement. We’ll come in January after all has settled down, and everything has been stored to help you bring that luster back into your home again!