- Loose floorboards
More often than not, you will hear these before you see them. Loose floor boards are caused by very many different reasons. These include water damage, foundation problems, improper installation and simple succumbing to wear and tear. In some cases, the situation is so bad that the boards or panels actually detach and lift from the subfloor. This is what is referred to as buckling. Whatever the case, the looseness needs to be corrected in order to ensure protection of your home’s residents and the floor itself.
- Cracked or broken panels, tiles or blocks
These breakages may either be on the units themselves or between the units as with wood panelling. This is usually as a result of continuous stress or sudden high impact forces as seen when a heavy object falls to the floor. This problem also needs to be fixed quickly as the cracks may worsen exposing potentially harmful sharp edges and splinters.
- Chipped paint
This is a simple problem that is equally simple to fix. It is common with concrete and ceramic tile flooring. More often than not, fixing this is for aesthetics but this does not in any way make it any less of a problem.
- Panel cupping
This is a phenomenon that occurs on wood, vinyl and laminate floor panels where the edges appear elevated in relation to the centre portions. This is usually as a result of water damage. However, it may also be due to excess weight application on the centre portions of the panel. It is important to get this fixed as soon as possible in order to prevent cracking and breaking.
- Panel crowning
Crowning on the other hand involves elevation of the centre part of the wood, vinyl or laminate panel. Unlike cupping, this is cause by water damage or improper installation. However, prompt restoration is just as important here as it is with cupping.
- Surface irregularities
These include dents, scratches and in some cases, full blown indoor portholes. If you see any of these in your home, it just might mean that it is about time you reached out to your trusty floor sanding professional buddies.
- Faded polish patches
It takes decades for floor polish to wear out and fade into unsightly patches. This happens a lot faster if the room experiences a lot of foot traffic. When these patches start to appear, it is usually a sign that your floor is long overdue for a floor sanding and recoating appointment.
- Mould, mildew and other fungal growths
Fungus is one of the key signs of water damage to your floor. In addition to being completely unsightly, these growths can pose a significant health risk to you and those living with you. It is therefore important to consider scheduling a floor sanding and restoration assessment in order to learn the best way forward.
- Stubborn stains
Stains are truly every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Somehow, they have the ability to draw attention away from the pristine beauty around the room however small they are. You may have to call a floor sanding professional to deal with this mess.
- Exposed nails
Exposed nails are a sign of one of two things both necessitating immediate restoration. The first is worn out panels that need to be replaced. The second is unstable panels that may be buckling, cupping or crowning. Either way, it is important to get an expert on it right away before the situation gets out of hand and your pet, child or even you get injured.