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Mind the Gap: Fixing Gaps in Your Hardwood Flooring

Posted by on January 12, 2018
Mind the Gap: Fixing Gaps in Your Hardwood Flooring

Gaps in your hardwood flooring can be troublesome, and there’s little disputing that. But what should you do about it?

Gaps in your hardwood flooring can be troublesome, and there’s little disputing that. But what should you do about it? Your next party won’t be so much fun if everybody is tripping all over the place. After all, that’ll make it much harder to enjoy the chips and dip or buffalo wings you were thinking about serving at your Super Bowl shindig. So let’s find out how to mind the gap in your home’s beautiful floor.

Don’t Procrastinate

First of all, it’s critical that you don’t put off making repairs. If something is wrong with your floor, it’s not something you can pretend will sort itself out; in other words, don’t procrastinate. When it comes to fixing said gaps in your hardwood flooring, the size of the hole is the most significant determining factor.

You might think a small gap isn’t a pressing problem, but it will only get worse if you leave it alone. If your floorboards are loose, it might call for more involved repairs than you are prepared to undertake. So if you believe this is the case, get in touch with the experts at JKE Hardwood Flooring. Oh one more thing – if the gap closes by itself due to higher humidity, this is perfectly normal.

Tips and Tricks

Examine the current state of your hardwood floors. If you see too many gaps, it might be a sign it’s time to replace the entire floor. However, it’s possible to fix the holes just by filling them in. Here are some materials you can use to fill in the gaps you find:

  • Wood putty
  • Ropes
  • Caulk

One unexpected bonus of using these materials is that it can prevent drafts of cold wind. However, if there’s too much humidity, the floors can begin to shift anyway. This expansion and contraction process is, as we said, to be expected. When you see this happening, just remember that nothing is wrong with your hardwood floors. Nevertheless, it can still be unsettling to watch it occur.

How to Get Started

Get rid of any messes or loose bits of debris on your floor. Make sure nothing else will get in your way. Using your fingers or a putty knife, start adding the wood putty. Allow it to finish drying and setting, and then you can move onto sanding or refinishing the floor.

Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? You Can Trust John K Eareckson & Co.!

When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.


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