Timber Floor Repairs
Flooring damage can vary from white ant intrusion, water or moisture and even heavy objects with sharp corners.
We can repair water damaged timber floors
Generally with water damage to timber floors its important to identify the cause and then ensure the cause has been rectified. From that depending if was flood or just briefly saturated steps can be taken. The process to repair the damage is not always the same, however this is just one example below:
The timber floor is removed, the concrete is made good again with all the glue and barrier removed with a diamond disk grinder. The flooring is discarded and removed. The process of re-installation begins.
Where you have walls that have been removed then it’s a re-toothing process. Timber of the same species is purchased, generally portions of the existing timber floor are removed as not to leave a pattern. The new timber is installed and then the timber is sanded and polished. In some cases the whole area will require sand and polish. In some small repairs, the timber is coated prior to install so that it looks very similar.
Some repairs would be when a fire place is removed, old growth jarrah is the specie. The cavity where the fire place once was will have to be rectified to allow for timber. Joist fixtures are installed and then the timber is re-toothed onto joist.
White ant damage
With white ant damage its important to ensure there is no present live activity. The timber is removed and replaced accordingly. In some cases when the floor is sanded other timber boards are identified as damaged, may have to be replaced.
Can sunlight damage timber floors?
Heat stress or shrinkage of timber flooring near widows can be a problem. Its important to have window coverings prior to repairs. In some cases the floor can just be sanded and re-coated to remove lips that can occur due to stress.
Sunlight over a long period of time can cause the appearance of timber to change, for instance with direct sunlight thru large back sliding windows and a throw rug or couch have been in the same place for years, a tan line or visible imprint may be noticeable, this type of surface damage may require the floor to be re-coated.
Laminate floor repairs
Floor repairs to laminate flooring or floating floors are just as common. It is important to match it with the same product as the interlocking systems from one supplier will be different to another.
With some repairs the cause is man-made, incompatible systems, for example, vapour barrier applied, PVA glue to direct stick timber. Because PVA glue has water and the pad has been sealed it has no other option that to affect timber. Add natural stress of the environment ( hot – cold seasons) and the floor may sound drummy.
With a new timber floor installation, Westech Flooring recommends that all the appliances be activated during the day, whilst you the client are home, dishwasher, fridge and any overhead plumbing systems, when activated under normal load and there is a leak, its better to be there monitoring the systems rather than activating them at night for the first time and there being a leak.
Doing repairs takes years of installation’s, quality tools, understanding how timber systems work and attention to detail, Westech Flooring is fully qualified. Get in touch with us today to discuss your repair requirements.