Archive for the ‘Wood Floor Repair’ Category

The NWFA Partners with the Gary Sinise Foundation to Support Our Military Heroes

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The Gary Sinise Foundation, Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) Program, is providing smart homes to America’s most severely wounded heroes and their families. This also includes home modifications, mobile devices and adapted vehicles that will be given to wounded, sick or aging heroes from all military conflicts. Simple everyday tasks may be taken for granted, but living in reliance of caregivers for very personal tasks are a reality for many wounded veterans.


Hardwood Floor Journey: How the NCAA Final Four Court Was Built

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017


A hardwood floor is probably the last thing you think of when watching basketball, but there’s always a story behind the court. This year’s Men’s Final Four competed on a court that started deep in the Michigan forest, going through steps of harvesting, staining and painting. Through an extensive process, 500 trees were harvested and 418 panels of wood were used. Five months later, it made its way to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, becoming the very court North Carolina won on against Gonzaga. This process of bringing trees to tipoff is detailed in an article on ESPN, and includes videos and pictures of the progression.



All About Wood Floor Cupping

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Wood floor cupping is when the sides of hardwood floors are higher up than the center of the boards. This produces a concave-like look on the floor. The issue comes from moisture content changes.




Rain and your Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Fall season brings with it some much-needed rain, but how is this affecting your hardwood floors? A lot of moisture can make your hardwood floors expand, and then contract. This process makes the boards cup, crown, crack and buckle, which all have negative effects on your floors. Here are some tips to make sure your flooring lasts.



Installing New Hardwood Floors vs. Refinishing

Monday, June 13th, 2016

If you’re interested in refurbishing your home, don’t think that simply refinishing your floor is the easiest and more affordable way to go. Many homeowners believe that a simple refinishing is all that is necessary to bring back the shine of an older floor. Sometimes, a full replacement of your floors is the best bet. Knowing which step to take for your floors is important so you don’t end up paying way more than necessary.

Using tool to install hardwood floor pieces.


3 Signs of Subfloor Damage

Friday, May 29th, 2015


You might not think about your subfloor very often. After all, it’s hidden under your visible wood floor, out of sight and out of mind. But when something starts to look off with your wood floor, it might not be the floor itself that’s the problem. It could be the subfloor.

Subfloor damage isn’t especially common, but if it does happen it can cause big problems. The subfloor provides support for not just for the wood floor above it, but for everything in the room, including yourself. For safety reasons subfloor damage is something you have to address as soon as possible. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about some of the signs of subfloor damage, as well as give an explanation of your subfloor and how it works.


Here are some of the signs of subfloor damage, as well as an explanation of your subfloor and how it works.


Professional Hardwood Floor Repair in Baltimore County

Thursday, May 7th, 2015


Are your hardwood floors beginning to cup, warp, or buckle? Are gaps starting to show up in between the planks? Is the wood split, cracked, or faded? If so, you need to take action before the problems get any worse. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about some problems that may be affecting your floor, why they happen, and how professional hardwood floor repair in Baltimore County can help you restore your floor to its former beauty!


Having a problem with your hardwood floors in Baltimore County? A professional hardwood floor repair contractor can help.


How To Remove a Scratch from Your Hardwood Floor

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


Did you just notice a scratch on your hardwood floor? Scratches can mar the surface of your floor and accumulate over time if left alone. The end result is at best a duller finish, and at worst a damaged hardwood floor. Fortunately, most scratches can be removed from a wood floor. In our blog, we’ll talk about how to remove varying degrees of scratches from your hardwood floor.

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Repair a Water Damaged Wood Floor in Baltimore

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Many homeowners have been left with water damaged wood floors after the torrential rain we experienced earlier this week in Baltimore. Water is not a friend of wood floors, and can cause significant damage if left untreated, including mold. It’s also not an easy task to repair a water damaged wood floor. Though it can be done, it could take up to a month before the floor and subfloor beneath are completely dry, and it might be 6 months before you can do any work on the floor such as sanding and refinishing. Read on to learn how to repair a water damaged wood floor in Baltimore.

Repair a Water Damaged Wood Floor in Baltimore

The first thing you’ll want to do is get fans blowing both on top of the floor and up at the subfloor from underneath. Rent large fans and point them at the wet areas of the floor on top and let the fans run. Run air conditioning if you have it, but crack the windows slightly so the moisture has somewhere to go.

From below in the basement, again use rented industrial fans and point them at spots where the water has leaked through the floor. If the ceiling in the basement is finished, it can help to cut a hole in the drywall which you can later repair, so the air from the fan can get to the subfloor better. You might also want to drill a few holes into the subfloor to empty out any puddles that may have formed in between the floor and the subfloor, which wouldn’t be dried out by the fans. Ventilate the basement if possible, and if it’s humid down there run a dehumidifier as well.

When it gets wet, wood swells, and at some point you might have to remove a board or two in the middle of the floor in order to allow it to swell without breaking. This has the added benefit of getting even more ventilation down into the subfloor.

You’ll also need to work with your insurance company to determine what portion of the damages they cover, and whether they want to replace the floor right away or wait to see how much of the damage remains after the floor has dried out. This process can take up to a month, and all you can do in the meantime is wait. Make sure to keep all records of work you have done to show your insurance company.

repair water damaged wood floor

It’s a good idea to work with a wood floor contractor if you need to repair a water damaged floor in Baltimore. A contractor can use an electronic moisture meter to determine exactly when the floor has dried out. In addition, if repair work needs to be done, which it most likely will, a wood floor contractor can help you repair a water damaged floor in Baltimore. Contact Signature Hardwood Floors today for more information on wood floor drying and repair after water damage. Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!