With summer here, more people will be entertaining in their homes.
Online PR News – 25-July-2016 – Toronto, ON – With summer here, more people will be entertaining in their homes. They may hesitate to invite guests over if they have damaged hardwood floors. The Hardwood Flooring Store of Toronto offers tips to help homeowners repair damage and improve their look of their hardwood floors.
The first step is to assess the amount of damage. If the cuts are deep or there are a lot of dents, scratches and dings in the wood, it may require professional help or need to be completely re-sanded. For minor repairs, it often takes just a few supplies and an afternoon of the homeowner's time. They will need to use wood putty and place it in the dent or scratched area if the scratch is deep. Once it dries, they can sand the excess down and stain the area to match the rest of the floor. For scuff marks or light scratches, sanding with a fine-grit sandpaper will usually remove the imperfection. Stain the area to ensure it looks like the rest of the floor.
If a board is damaged, it will need to be replaced. The person will need to use a saw to cut through the board where it is attached to the next board. A pry bar will be helpful to lift out the broken board. A new board will be positioned into place and nailed down. While this can be a DIY project for the person with the right tools and experience in woodworking, it's often best left to the professionals to prevent damaging other boards. Wood damaged by water or pieces that have areas completely broken off will need to be replaced. Before making these repairs, The Hardwood Flooring Store advises homeowners to figure out the culprit and prevent future damage. A floor with water damage may need a vapor barrier to prevent the water from getting to the wood. It may require the use of a sump pump or a new drain system to be installed. In some cases, removing the wood flooring and replacing it with another type of floor may be the preferred solution.
"It's always a good idea to have a professional look at the hardwood floor and give you an estimate of the cost to repair it," says Ron Ander of The Hardwood Flooring Store in Toronto. In some cases, it may be a better option to replace the floor rather than attempting to repair it. A thin floor may not be a good candidate for sanding, while an older floor with thick boards would stand up to several times of sanding.
The Hardwood Flooring Store recommends getting more than one estimate for the cost of repairs if the homeowner cannot do the work themselves. The company provides several options of flooring in various price ranges to fit in most budgets for anyone who needs to replace their current damaged wood floors. Founded in 1977, the company is currently the largest supplier of hardwood floors in Canada to the public.