DIY help: Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh on how to fix a warped wooden floor
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Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh is sharing his DIY tips and hints exclusively with FindaProperty.com.
This week he answers the question: how to fix a warped wooden floor?
Natural wooden floors add a nice touch to any property. They create character in new builds, and leave a sense of authenticity in older properties. The juxtaposition between old and new can often create stunning results, but it’s not without its problems. In this week’s blog, we will be looking at how to prevent the age old problem of warping.
Warping often happens as a result of exposure to too much moisture or too much sun, which can cause the floor to swell, or even worse, shrink. The best way to prevent it is by ensuring the floor is correctly finished. It might sound a bit silly, but a thin coat of mineral oil can do wonders on a wooden floor, and can help to absorb moisture. When applied regularly (i.e. once a month), it can help to enhance the sheen of the floor.
Freak temperatures can wreak havoc on a wooden floor, so try to maintain a consistent temperature in your property, without jumping from extreme high temperatures to extreme low temperatures and vice versa. A good dehumidifier can help to regulate the atmosphere, so it’s worth investing in one.
Frequent problems with warping could be a sign of a damp property, so ensure you get it investigated. If your floors, do become warped, don’t despair – warping is treatable, and the best way to treat it is to put some damp towels over the warped area for a couple of days; re-screw the floor down, and fill any holes, with the correct filler. However, an overly warped floor can be dangerous, and should be replaced.
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