Wood Floor Problems, Causes and Cure Info from the NWFA.
They are produced utilizing a living organism – trees – which are classified by scientists as a biotic material. These materials, by definition, are derived from living organisms.
All living organisms respond to their environment, and wood floors are no exception. They literally change every day as a result of the environment in which they’re installed. In most cases, these changes in the physical structure of a wood floor are not noticeable, but there are times when the changes can be very noticeable, or even destructive, as a result of dramatic fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This is just one example of how a wood floor can react to its surroundings, but there are many other variables that can affect both the appearance and the performance of a wood floor. These variables have been organized in general groupings to help flooring professionals identify problems that can impact wood floors, including wood distortion, wood aesthetics, sounds/ noises/movement, installation appearance, filler/putty, sanding aesthetics, color inconsistencies, finish aesthetics, and finish performance. It is important to note that some issues could fall into several categories. Every effort has been made to cross-reference these occurrences, but not all may be identified.
The PDF below will explore some of the issues that can impact a wood floor, their causes, and potential cures. Not every issue is contained in this publication, nor is every cause or cure included. This is because of the wide variety of wood products on the market today, as well as the extensive environmental and structural variables that can impact a wood floor.