Can I Fix My Own Hardwood Floors?
Handling hardwood floor repairs by yourself requires alot of patience and precision if you want it done right. The question is do you want it to look like a repair? Over the years we’ve looked at some DIY attempts and frankly our opinion is stay away from them. Hiring a professional will offer better results. How much will I spend? Costs will vary depending on what type of repair work is performed. However most professionals will charge by the hour.
DIY. What’s The Worst That Can Happen?
Okay, you’re determined to ignore our advice. What’s the worst that can happen? It depends on what the problem is. Most repairs are to fix squeaky floorboards and you can find plenty of that on the web. Hometips.com is a good source with a few illustrations, but they only cover hardwood floors that are nailed down. The worst that can happen with this procedure is using too many nails. In general it’s an easy fix.
How About Board Replacement?
Board replacement (video) is where the precision comes into the picture. It will be easier if the floor is a prefinished one and not one that is sanded and finished in place. The worst that can happen here is not using the recommended glue or not allowing the glue under the new board to cure properly. What happens is the glue bond may not be sufficient and will begin to creak or squeak. It’s also important to place some weight on the area to insure a proper vertical height with adjacent pieces after the glue cures. Otherwise you will have a board whose edges may be higher than the rest of the floor; often termed sock catchers.
Naildown type floor repairs we consider to be the easiest with glued square edge floating floors becoming a harder task. Square edge indicates the boards are vertically flush against one another without any micro bevels. The difficulty lies in keeping a smooth transition from a repaired slot-cutterboard to the rest of the floor. Micro beveled floors on the other hand allow for some discrepancies as the bevels will mask any marginal repairs.
To properly repair glued tongue and groove floating floors a router with a slot cutter is paramount to success. Excess dried glue in the grooves needs to be removed. Without taking this step any new board will not fit properly by tongue and groove into the repair area. Considering there are different hardwood thicknesses no one single slot cutter works for all. We found a great source at Tool Barn. For naildown and direct glue down floors this accessory will not be needed.
What about fixing hardwood floor scratches? The fix here will once again depend on the condition. Minor scratching can be fixed with a Q-tip and a similar floor finish. Deeper indentations may require board replacement or complete refinishing. We can find all sorts of so called arm chair experts on the web when it comes to this subject especially this one which is entirely misleading:
#1 result on Google for “fixing hardwood floor scratches?
The question is what to do about dog scratches on new hardwood floors.
“Before you try any fix-ups, contact your builder. Prefinished hardwood usually comes with some kind of warranty.”
No manufacturer covers this kind of damage.