Hardwood floors are a beautiful feature in many San Diego county homes. However, they can be quite fragile. Even with the temperate weather we enjoy in San Diego county, there are still many dangers that can damage the flooring in your home. Whether you live close to the ocean or high and dry on a mountain, it’s important to know what risks you face with your hardwood floors and what signs you need to look for to prevent devastating damage.
Cupping happens when the edges of your San Diego hardwood floor start to bend upwards, making a lip like on a bowl or cup. This sort of damage usually occurs in hardwood floors that are wetter on the bottom of the board than on the top. Many times, this is a sign of poor installation or condensation that is gathering under the boards. It can also be a sign that pipes in the floor are leaking or causing too much condensation. Hardwood floors that are showing signs of cupping should be assessed to determine the source of the problem and the severity. Often, cupping can be fixed by allowing the boards to dry and then sanding and refinishing them.
The opposite of cupping, crowning is one of the most common problems owners of hardwood floors face. When moisture attacks from the top of the board, it causes the plank to bubble up from the edges. Leaky plumbing, faulty appliances or even simply spilling liquid onto the floor can lead to crowning if not dealt with quickly. Like cupping, once the boards have dried and settled, they may need to be sanded and refinished to restore their original state.
3. Cracking or Separation of Boards
If hardwood flooring gets too dry, the boards can crack or separate. If you’re noticing gaps in between the planks of your hardwood floor, or cracking, you may need to use a humidifier to keep the room at the proper level.
Rare, but devastating, buckling is what happens when hardwood flooring completely seperates from the subfloor. This is only something that happens when floors are exposed to massive flooding. There’s very little that can be done for a buckled hardwood except for replacing the hardwood floor completely.
Spots are a bad sign to find on your hardwood or laminate flooring. It’s the most likely sign that there’s mold or mildew building up. However, if this is caught early enough, it can wiped or scrubbed away before it seaps through the sealant and causes hardwood floor damage. If mildew or mold is prevalent in certain rooms in your house, you should look into options to lower the humidity in those places.
If your San Diego flooring is starting to show any signs of these types of damage, contact a flooring expert at SD Flooring or visit one of our showroom for advice on repairing or replacing damaged hardwood floors.