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How can I patch my hardwood floor?


The beauty of hardwood flooring is that it’s extremely hard-wearing and so makes a good investment. However, there will be times when even this type of flooring will need repairing.

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Wooden flooring, such as oak wood flooring, is a popular practical choice for homeowners, particularly in downstairs rooms that are subject to heavy wear and tear. It costs more initially than other types of flooring, but is easy to maintain and has a good resale value. A survey of US homebuyers revealed that 54% would be happy to pay extra for a property that had hardwood flooring installed.

Even if you choose a high quality product and keep it well maintained, wood flooring will still suffer from some minor damage during its life. When you need to replace a section, it’s important to follow the right steps, to ensure it blends in with the existing boards.

Patching up hardwood flooring

You should purchase the flooring, such as oak wood flooring, around a week before, and keep it in the same room it will be installed in, so that it acclimatises to the conditions. There are many online flooring suppliers, such as http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk, where you can choose a style that matches what is already fitted.

Fitting boards

You should begin replacing sections from the corners and then move across the space. The underside of the trim can be cut with an oscillating saw and then placed in position to ensure it fits correctly. Each section can be secured with nails positioned 8-12” apart.

As you work through the room, lay out each piece and ensure that joints are staggered. When you reach the last row, it might be possible to hammer some in with a rubber hammer – otherwise you’ll need to make a rabbeted joint, so you can tip it into position.

This can be done by taking off the groove side using a circular saw. Use wood glue on the tongue edge of the board you’ve already laid, as well as on the subfloor and the groove of the board opposite. Then you can tip the section in and secure it using a rubber hammer. The final row should be face-nailed to secure them into the subfloor.

When you’ve laid all the replacement boards, you can sand the whole floor and then finish it to match the existing flooring.