Flooring damage occurs for various reasons and it can be hard to anticipate where and how your floors may experience damage, however there are some common signs you should watch out for as a homeowner.
If you notice these telltale signs of floor damage, don’t delay in calling in professionals! Luckily, repairs won’t cost a fortune to address these common floor issues.
1. Damaged Wood
Water damage to wood floors is one of the most vexing and perplexing flooring issues, threatening even waterproofed floors over time due to leaks or seepage.
If your wood floor exhibits signs of water damage such as raised nails, surface mold and mildew growth, cupping or cracking, you must act quickly to repair it before any further damage occurs. With hardwood floors specifically, one way of doing this would be removing and replacing damaged planks in the affected area before refinishing all.
However, if you lack experience in performing this kind of repair yourself, we suggest turning to professionals. They are adept at sizing, cutting, and installing replacement boards before sanding and staining the whole floor to match its original appearance.
2. Damaged Tile
At some point, your floor will get damaged; whether that means tiled tiles or something like concrete. The damage could be minor or severe depending on the number and size of cracks or chips that form.
Repairing these damages immediately is important, not only due to their aesthetic appeal but also because they could pose a safety hazard – children or animals could step on cracked tiles accidentally and injure themselves.
If the damage is not too extensive, you can repair it yourself. The process is relatively straightforward; just be mindful not to damage nearby tiles or subflooring beneath.
One of the easiest ways to repair tile is with strong-holding epoxy, which can be purchased either online or at a home improvement store. These adhesives are specifically formulated for bonding stone and other porous materials together.
3. Damaged Carpet
Reasons why carpet can rip or tear are diverse, such as everyday wear and tear, pet damage, children’s toys or accidents.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to repair damage carpet is with patches. For optimal results, select an identical patch from within your area as well as one with matching colors and pile.
Cut a patch slightly larger than the section removed. For optimal results, use a cushion back cutter, an instrument designed to make clean cuts through carpet fibers and backing.
Once your patch has been cut to size, run it over the damaged portion. This will ensure that its replacement piece fits seamlessly and that its pile runs in the right direction.
Join the patch in place using an adhesive designed specifically for this task, to blend in and make it less noticeable over time. This will also ensure it matches with the rest of your carpeting design and makes for easier clean-up!
4. Damaged Vinyl
Vinyl is a durable material, easy to keep clean, but it may experience wear from nicks and scratches over time, typically caused when furniture is moved around or when shoes are left on the floor.
Repair of common floor damage is simple and cost-effective; keeping your floors looking new for longer.
Repairing Bubbles in Vinyl Flooring
Water leakage can cause small bubbles in vinyl flooring to form, leading to small bubbles to appear and then pop. To address these, apply a patch over the affected area before cutting it to fit the damaged section.
If your vinyl floor is perimeter-bonded, removing damaged pieces may be as simple as lifting up the flooring. On vinyl floors that are adhered down with glue, however, cutting out and glueing on a replacement patch may be required.