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3 Common Hardwood Flooring Problems And Their Prevention

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

The appeal of hardwood flooring is how natural it is. Being natural also means that it is prone to damages if not taken care of. It is no doubt that hardwood flooring lasts a long time – only if it is well maintained. It is a good idea to invest in maintenance works for your timber flooring so as to save cost in the long run. With regular maintenance and taking precautions to prevent damages from occurring, timber flooring can last a lifetime. There are some amazing hardwood flooring contractors in Singapore, that are affordable as well.


Here are 5 common problems that hardwood flooring may encounter and how you can prevent them.


1. Cupping & Crowning

Cupping And Crowning of the floor

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Cupping and crowning with solid hardwood flooring is when the center width of the wooden planks are not leveled with its edges. It occurs when hardwood floors continuously expand and contract due to fluctuating humidity levels. If the center width of the wooden planks is higher than its edges, it is crowning. It is an indication that the interior humidity levels are higher than the levels below your home. If the center width is lower than the edges, creating a U-shape, it is cupping. This means the interior humidity levels are lower than that of the level below. (E.g basement)


Prevention

In Singapore's hot and humid climate, it is important to run an adequate amount of air conditioner once in a while. Switching on the bathroom vent and stove vent when taking showers and cooking respectively, can help to reduce the fluctuation of humidity levels. It is also a good idea to consider installing a dehumidifier. Water leakage left unattended can cause changes in humidity levels too. Be sure to check your plumbing regularly so as to ensure that here are no water leaks going unnoticed for long periods of time.


2. Scratches

Scratches On Hardwood Flooring

The number one most asked question regarding hardwood flooring is "how to prevent scratches?". First, let us start by saying all hardwood floors scratch. Because of the nature of wood, it is only a matter of time before scratches are seen on your hardwood flooring. There is no way to prevent scratches on hardwood floorings but here are some tips to minimize them and prolong the life of your hardwood.


Prevention

By far, the #1 culprit for scratches on hardwood floors is dirt/grit, so do whatever you can to minimize this. Sweeping and cleaning your wood floors every day is a good practice to get rid of dirt and grit. Avoid roller chairs if you can because dirt tends to get caught in between the wheels and ca