Create a Report Card for Your Wood Floor’s Standing

Create a Report Card for Your Wood Floor’s Standing

Often times, the true meanings of indicators related to your hardwood floors are not clear — you only know the symptoms aren’t pleasing. It’s a dream come true when you can compare a list against your wood floors to know just where they stand. You can easily know areas that are in good form as well as those that can use a bit of attention. Creating a report card gives you a high confidence while enjoying your wooden floor’s beauty, lines, elegance and compatibility with other decor.

Create and Check Your Floor’s Standing

In essence, everyone loves a good report card. Positive action is usually taken in any case. A good report card of your floor’s standing will encourage you to unwind, be comfortable and enjoy the beauty and elegance only hardwood floors can deliver.

Browse over your wood floor and mark an “X” for a shortcoming or a “check mark” for okay next to the number to create a report card. Some entries may not apply to your floor:

Cracks in the surface are boards splitting anywhere along their length.

Abrasions in or through the top layer are deep scratches or scores in the finish.

Peeling or separation of the layers is a sign of recent face lift coats failing to bond properly.

Stickiness that seems not to heal indicates finishes that are not compatible.

Disjointed or missing parts consist of loose or lost boards/pieces.

Unusual discoloration is the result of sun bleaching, water damage and/or abrasive wear on the finish.

Nails sticking up above surface are generally found in antique parquet floors which indicate flooring worn thin or water damage.

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Nicks or dips that aren’t even are possibly scores or nicks from ladies’ spike heels that appears like small hammer taps (Any parties lately?) on the surface.

Rattles/squeaks or parts moving around indicate flooring is not tight and can have multiple causes which are topical and/or below the surface.

Gaps between floor boards or board edges are no longer aligned are indications of moisture damage.

Bouncy areas that seem to give a bit lean to multiple causes which could be topical or below the surface.

Inflammation that will not return to normal indicates moisture damage.

Hills and valleys that just aren’t level anymore could possibly be moisture damage, wear or signs of your building settling.

Using this report card empowers you to negotiate with any wood floor professional. A win-win situation knows the standing and status of your wood floors. Once you’ve checked your floor’s standing you will have a new confidence during chats and compliments will soar even more.