Having a decent wood floor is everyone’s dreams. This is not usually the case for all homeowners since these floors are prone to water damage. In the following article, we will focus on strategies for repairing the wood floor.
How to repair water damaged wood floor?
1) Identify and resolve the source of the water.
The first step to repairing wood floor that has been exposed to water damage is ensuring that you positively identify and resolve the source of the damage. If you fail to do this you will be faced with the same problem weeks or months later.
2) Select the planks to be replaced.
The next step is selecting the planks to be replaced. These should be the ones showing the visual effect of the water damage. You should also take out additional planks that surround the visually affected area since they might have been damaged too. You should also try to create a pattern so that the repaired patch fits the existing floor.
3) Remove the water-damaged subfloor.
After removing the damaged hardwood planks you should map out the floor to be repaired. You should inspect the plywood subfloor to determine whether it is damaged. In case the subfloor has molds or it is weakened by the water, then its top layer should be pulled off. If your floor has concrete underneath the plywood subfloor, then you should allow it to dry first. This will ensure that the plywoods that you fix are not destroyed by the moisture.
4) Replace the subfloor and lace with new hardwood planks.
After ensuring that the subfloor is dry, you can now replace the plywood subfloor that you had previously removed. You can install a moisture barrier before replacing the subfloor to prevent future water damage.
After repairing the plywood the next step is repairing the wood flooring. Weaving the new planks into an existing floor requires patience and the highest attention to detail to ensure that the repaired patch fits in the existing floor.
5) Sand and refinish the entire floor
To obtain a decent result after the repair you should sand and refinish the entire room where the water damage occurred. Since the natural color of wood changes with age, sunlight, and sourcing you should sand and refinish the entire floor. This will ensure that the floor looks uniform.
If the cost of refinishing the whole room limits you, then you can try spot refinish is possible. These have its disadvantage. First, it is so hard to match or mask the differences in color because you will need to match the impact of the sun and age on the existing floor with the replaced planks. Secondly, you will see lap lines as a result of brush strokes when applying polyurethane since each coat of polyurethane is relatively thicker than the other. Therefore, matching the levels of the repair and existing floors is a challenge. Thirdly, if you don’t use a machine the new planks usually sit slightly higher than the existing floors.