1. Discolored Boards
While a spill that is wiped up right away is not likely to cause problems, spills that are left on hardwood flooring can cause the wood to become discolored. Thankfully, there are several ways to help correct the discoloration, such as sanding off the top layer of the floor, bleaching the area and using products specially designed to clean hardwood flooring.
2. Separated Boards
Wood expands and contracts as the moisture level rises and falls. While some degree of expansion is normal, extreme changes can cause cracking and unsightly separations between boards. Help prevent this by using a humidifier in the winter months when the air tends to be dryer.
3. Misshapen Boards
When hardwood flooring is exposed to spills and uneven humidity levels without room to shrink or expand, it can begin to become misshapen. The boards may either curl up on the edges as they expand, which is called "cupping," or they may raise in the middle, which is called "crowning." Making sure that the hardwood flooring is installed correctly and keeping the humidity levels relatively stable are the best ways to avoid misshapen boards.
4. Warped Boards
Hardwood flooring that has been exposed to extreme water damage, such as with a flood or a burst pipe, may actually begin to warp and pull up from the subfloor by several inches. The hardwood flooring may separate in one or several places. This warping generally happens only after prolonged exposure, however, so it should be relatively easy to avoid or repair if caught on time.
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