Fixing common problems with timber floors

There’s a lot of reasons to go with timber flooring. A good visual style. Floors that last for years. A few samples of how good they appear can be seen here:


However, sometimes wood flooring might not be as perfect as we’d prefer. Every now and then, a homeowner would complain about how his timber floors aren’t as good as they might have been led to believe.

The two most common issues are warped boards and squeaking noises. Both issues are not exclusive, as sometimes warped wood is the reason for squeaks when walking on a floorboard. So, how does one go about and fix those issues?

Moisture warps wood

Humidity, ceiling leaks, or broken plumbing may cause wood to warp and bend. So, the first course of action is to eliminate any source of moisture.

Then, get that warped piece straightened out. An easy way to do so is to get the bending areas soaked in hot water. The heat will help the wood be more pliable. Afterwards, place some weights on it, so it will dry out straight.

An ingenious way to deal with the damaged area is to switch floor panels with those under inconspicuous areas. Choose floorboards that are underneath the closets and cupboards. They might not be exactly fixed, but no one will be aware of the switch.

Don’t have any means to fix that damaged floorboard?

If the piece is sticking out, sanding might be an option. Shaving off the area that’s peaking up will make the floor even. Bear in mind that these courses of action will cause the flooring to get thinner, not to mention will be labour intensive. But if done right, the floor will look good again, just as how floors look here: Falcon Flooring.


As mentioned, sometimes walking on warped wood may cause a squeaking sound. However, if fixing the boards doesn’t remove the noise, there’s a few quick fixes you can do.

A bit of lubrication may ease the friction between the wood and the nails (or whatever is keeping the floorboards in place). Sprinkle in some talcum powder or any similar fine substance between the gaps of the floor.

Sometimes a nail might’ve come too loose. Or, it was nailed in to a spot that can’t hold. Put in some screws to secure the panels. Using another nail might not be enough. Don’t use a large screw though. Too big, and the sub floor might get damaged.

Maybe the fitting is uneven. If you can go underneath the flooring, insert some shins to remove the small uneven areas. An alternative is filling it in with wood glue or other types of adhesive. Let it set and dry before stepping on it, though.

These are just simple DIY fixes. Maybe, these aren’t viable actions or didn’t work. Or, maybe any of these aren’t viable options for one reason or another. In that case, a full replacement might be necessary.

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