Determining Timber Floor Issues and How to Fix Them

For a long time, timber floors have been a highly desirable material in most homes. They are durable, stylish and comfortable to walk on. They're also highly customisable because they can fit into many different types of home décor.

However, timber floors do tend to undergo wear and tear after some time. It may take a long time, but eventually the floorboards may need to be repaired/replaced, and the floor may need to be re-stabilized. Timber floor repairs ensure that your old timber floors are restored back to how they were when you first put them in your home.

But how will you know when it's time to call in the repair services? Watch out for the following signs.

Old and loose floorboards

Timber floors are typically laid out in a series of floorboards that are arranged in a specific manner. Over time, individual floorboards tend to come loose or become creaky and unstable. Furthermore, there may be electrical cables or pipes that run underneath your floor.

This makes it necessary for such floorboards to be repaired or replaced. Timber floor repairs will therefore be necessary to fix such issues with your flooring.

Bouncy floors

In upstairs rooms where the timber floors are suspended, you may notice a slight bounciness/springiness to the floors. This is not unusual—until the bounciness is so noticeable that furniture begins to vibrate every time you walk past.

There are many reasons why suspended floors can begin to lose their stability. It could be that the joists in the floor are getting undersized, or the joists were weakened due to the intrusions that are normally made when pipes and cables are installed.

Whatever the reason, timber floor repairs can help to restore the stability of any suspended floors in your home.

Rotten floorboards

Wood that is exposed to moisture or similar conditions over a long time tends to rot. You may notice that the timber boards near the entranceways, fireplace, chimney or kitchen tend to become spongy or exhibit a damp smell. Another cause of the rot could be a subfloor that allows for poor ventilation (this is especially common in older homes).

If you notice rotting floorboards, timber floor repairs will be necessary to strip the rotten boards, replace them, and prevent the spread of the rot to the nearby boards. In fact, the sooner you detect this problem, the more you will save on extensive repairs.