How to Repair Wooden Flooring

Keep your wooden and laminate flooring looking great with these handy repair tips. We’ve covered the most common accidents and issues to help you out if your warranty fails you. It’s worth bearing in mind that the warranty sold with most wooden and laminate floor coverings is there to protect you against manufacturing defects, or mis-installation on the part of the fitters. Accidental damage happens, particularly when you’ve got pets and children to consider!

How big is the problem?

The first thing is to work out just how big an issue you’ve got. If we’re talking a few scuffs and scrapes, which can be sorted out with a simple home repair kit, you’ll be able to complete your repair job in around one hour. Bigger issues, like cracked or split boards or damaged edging, need more tools; more expertise; and more time.

Fixing small problems

Most small issues can be sorted out using a wooden flooring repair kit. There’s no need to call out a fitter to cover up scratches and small cracks or pits in the floor. Buy an off the shelf wood flooring repair kit from any reputable DIY supplier, and follow the instructions closely.

Start by washing and drying the area to be repaired. This gets rid of dust and dirt, which can get into the wooden floor sealer and give an uneven finish.

Major repairs to wooden floor boards or large areas of laminate flooring

A large crack, hole or warped board requires a much more involvedrepair. You’ll need a good knife or small power saw, a drill and some floor glue.

Begin by cutting out the damaged section of the floor board. This is best done by drilling a series of holes around one and a half inches apart. Cut from the edge of one hole to the edge of the next to prevent splitting the wood.

When you’ve removed the damaged section, you can make diagonal cuts from the edges of the hole to the edges of the board. Take out the remaining pieces of floor board so you’re left with a whole hole.

Cut the tongue off the floor board you are going to drop in to replace the old one. Slip the groove over the existing tongue (in the next row of flooring), and glue into place. Weight the board for 24 hours to ensure the new fitting has taken. Clean any excess away with glue remover.

Major repairs to floor edging

If one of your edging boards is damaged, you’ll need to undo the flooring until you reach the problem site. Start by taking the baseboard off the wall – do this carefully so you don’t damage the board itself or the wall. Then remove all flooring in order until you reach the damage.

Take the damaged board out, replace it, and replace the other boards. Put the baseboard back in and tack it down.


Never take on a serious wood flooring repair if you’re not confident you can finish the job. Always wear protective clothing and eye protection when you are cutting wood floor or using a hammer and tacks.

This article goes through the three basic types of wooden floor repair – from small nicks, scratches and cracks to serious issues with edging boards or sections in the middle of the flooring. Advice on preparation and fitting new boards is included.

You’ll learn how to prepare your wooden floor for small and large repairs, what kinds of tools you will need to do the job properly, and how long a major repair to wood flooring should take.

Find out how to apply pre-prepared wood flooring filler to small cuts and scratches, including how to clean the surface before you start with your repair. And learn what to do if you discover damage in a board at the edge of your floor, without damaging the walls or the baseboard when you fix the issue.

Damage in the middle of your wooden flooring? We’ll show you how to repair it yourself without needing to call in a professional floor fitter. Learn how to cut out a damaged board without breaking the boards around it, and what to do to prepare a new floor board for replacement.

You will need the appropriate tools and protective clothing to perform the repairs and maintenance described. 

How to prepare a sub floor. A well prepared subfloor is a key to long lasting wood floor. For any kind of wooden floor there needs to be a little bit of preparation.  The floor we will be laying on to is known as the subfloor. You need  this to be smooth, dry, level  and swept clean.

Any carpets that's in the room needs to be removed as well along with the underlay. Grip rods around the outside needs to be removed as well. And the most important is to check floor for moisture.

The easiest option is to stick square meter piece of polythene directly onto concrete floor. Make sure that it is well sealed on all four sides. Leave it overnight. If the concrete underneath changes colour or there is condensation on the undersides of the polythene, this means you will have a moisture problem and you need to sort it out before laying wooden flooring.

If you laying on top of floorboards, make sure these are firmly screwed down. Any nail heads needs to be flattened with the hammer and any gaps must be filled with the flexible mastic filler.

Uneven floors must be flattened out with hardboard sheets or plywood.

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If you are laying over existing wooden flooring, mark all the gaps or uneven level s first. Fill the gaps with the filler and sand down high spots to make subfloor even. Make sure there's no nails sticking out as you can break sander or tear sandpaper easily. The best option is to use edge spinner than sander as it will do job much quicker.

It very important to take out high spots before you will lay down flooring. If the wooden subfloor  is very uneven you can use drum sander to make it level.

It is very important to check clearance in a doorways. If a floor plank and underlayment  won't fit under the door casing, cut the casing with the backsaw few millimetres above the flooring.

If the floor plank and underlayment doesn't fit under the door, cut the door with circular saw. Before starting to lay down wooden floor be sure that your floor is

  • Clean
  • Level
  • Dry
  • Structurally sound

Tools you'll need to get started

  • Sander
  • Long level
  • Tape measure
  • Vacuum
  • Level compound
  • Underlayment
  • Staple gun
  • Back saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill and screws
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Pencil
  • 1 square meter polythene

Once you have prepared your subfloor, you need to measure room before heading out  to get your flooring and underlay. Measure the length and width of the room in meters and multiply the numbers together to the area of the room in square meters. If you have irregularly shaped room divide it into separate rectangular areas and calculate them individually and then just add them together.

Then you need to work out how many  packs of flooring you need to cover the area. Most packs will tell you how many square meters they contain. You simply divide the size of the room by the size of the pack. This gives you the number of packs needed. Always add around 10 percent to this number to account for any possible mistakes.

Building a home and even simply renovating an old residence is a task that requires a huge amount of creativity, planning and patience. The minute you have actually decided on the products to be utilized and have really executed them, then there is no turning back. Naturally, you can constantly have it redone however it will mean wasted time and extra expenditures, not to mention the damage that may result from said building work.

Due to the fact that floors are the most abused portions of the home, one part of the residence which requires careful planning and research is the flooring. Individuals actually step on them, place heavy devices on them and do whatever it is they typically finish with floors.

When picking floors, property owners ought to make certain that they consider the quality of their flooring product, the possible abuse that the floor has to go through and the length of time they are going to b e using that floor.

One of the best selections for flooring product is wood, specifically hardwood like maple or oak and even cherry. American hardwoods are in abundance and they offer that stylish touch to every house. Lots of Americans are opting for hardwoods, even for their kitchen area floors, due to the fact that once they get tired of it they can easily simply sand it and alter its appearance. Nevertheless, you should only turn to sanding as soon as you have actually chosen to replace your wood floors as this might harm them. Other flooring materials need a lot of hard work and cost before they can be replaced.

Hardwoods are specifically appealing on the floor of your living rooms and even the bed rooms. Wood flooring, when done effectively, can really give elegance to an otherwise easy residence.

When utilizing woody materials on kitchen area floors, the very best selection is a urethane surface. Since it can be harmed with continuous water spills, many people stay clear of wood on their kitchen floors. They can prevent this by being imaginative and placing beautiful rugs in areas that are where water spills generally occur.

When you have actually chosen hardwood as your home flooring, you ought to make it an indicate install the wood flooring when the construction is nearly finished. This will stay clear of unsightly marks on the wood due to construction works, along with decrease moisture issues.

Lots of Americans are opting for hardwoods, even for their kitchen floors, since once they get tired of it they can easily simply sand it and alter its appearance. When utilizing wooded materials on kitchen area floors, the best choice is a urethane finish. Many individuals prevent wood on their kitchen floors due to the fact that it can be harmed with constant water spills.