Maintaining Wooden Floors

Wooden floors can add to your property’s ambience and be safer than concrete or brick flooring, especially with rambunctious children running around.  The downside of using wooden floors is that they can require a greater amount of maintenance or repairs.  Nonetheless, there are some easy tips and methods to ensure maintenance can be kept to a minimum.

Wooden Floor Insulation

One of the main problems that can arise from wooden flooring is cold draughts rising through the foundations or from adjoining rooms. Insulating the wooden planks when they are first laid is essential.  Place insulating material under the wooden planks, ensuring it is not damaged by nails or screws or by pressing the planks down on it.

Maintaining the insulation need not mean digging up the original material from under the floorboards. A common issue with wooden floors is that the planks become loose over time, damaging the insulation underneath.  A fast way of remedying any resulting draughts is to insert specially-cut pieces of wood to fill the gaps between the floorboards.  Fill in the space between the new and the old wood using floor filler or flooring sealant.

Repairing Creaking Floorboards
Creaking floorboards can be either wonderfully atmospheric or seriously annoying, depending on your point of view.  They are typically caused by a loose nail or nails.  Inspect the floorboard to find these and replace them with screws that are larger than the original nail holes left in the wood.

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