How to Level Wooden Floorboards

In this blog post, we will guide you through the critical points on how to level wooden floorboards and their value.

When it comes to enhancing your home’s or commercial space’s beauty and functionality, nothing quite compares to the timeless elegance of wooden floorboards. 

However, over time wooden floorboards may become uneven, leading to not only an unsightly surface but also a potentially hazardous uneven floor. 

Fortunately, there are effective techniques to level existing wooden floorboards, allowing you to restore their original charm and stability. 

Sussex Floor Restoration is a leading provider of wood floor restoration services in South East England.

In this blog post, we will guide you through key points about the value of levelling wooden floorboards, whether for a room in your home or a commercial space such as a restaurant, hotel, office, or sports hall.

The Importance of Levelling Wooden Floorboards

Before we delve into our tips about levelling wooden floorboards, it’s essential to understand why it’s necessary. 

Uneven floorboards not only compromise the aesthetics of your space but also pose safety risks. They can cause tripping hazards, furniture instability, and even lead to structural damage if left unattended. 

All these are incredibly important points, especially within a commercial workplace where health and safety are paramount.

Equally within a domestic home, you wouldn’t want to trip up over uneven existing floorboards which could potentially cause an injury.

By ensuring your floor is level, you will have a smooth and sturdy surface to enhance the overall look and maintain the safety and use of your wood floor.

Assessing the Condition of Your Wooden Floorboards

Before undertaking any restoration project, the first step in levelling wooden floorboards is to assess their condition. 

We at Sussex Floor Restoration are here to help and will carry out a thorough assessment to identify any potential issues that may affect the stability and longevity of your wooden floor. 

Our experienced team will look for any signs of damage, such as warping, cupping, cracks, dents or gaps and pay close attention to the surface finish, evaluating its wear and tear, scratches, and stains. 

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Using Reclaimed Wooden Floorboards

If your floorboards are severely damaged, it might be worth considering replacing them with reclaimed wooden floorboards, which offer a unique character and environmentally friendly option. This can be a good idea in period properties where the use of reclaimed timber is more likely to match and blend in with the existing flooring.

Not only will reclaimed floorboards blend well with existing flooring, being recycled timber they are sustainable and good for the planet!

Sussex Floor Restoration can assist you in sourcing quality reclaimed wooden floorboards for your project.

Unslightly Floor Gaps?

Wood is a natural material that is susceptible to expanding and contracting with humidity changes according to the seasons. There are several reasons why gaps may appear within your wood flooring. 

  • Over time wood loses its moisture content which can cause it to shrink therefore gaps may appear.
  • Water damage can cause wood to swell initially, then shrink as the wood dries out, creating a gap.
  • Too much heat will cause the wood to dry out more rapidly, again potentially causing gaps to appear.

Having a large gap in your floor can result in the accumulation of dust, which not only makes the floor appear dirty and unpleasant but also creates spaces for dirt and dust to collect. 

Gap filling helps prevent this and helps you to keep a cleaner floor.

Levelling Wooden Floorboards: Top Tips

  • Clear the floor area that is to be worked on to allow easy access to the floorboards.
  • Any damaged floorboards that need replacing will need to be lifted with care so as not to cause any further damage during this process.
  • Check for any remaining spaces between the floorboards. At Sussex Floor Restoration, we will fill in the gaps in your flooring. To create a wooden floorboard gap filler, we use the wood dust from your floor and combine it with adhesive to eliminate any holes or gaps, ensuring a seamless finish and no gaps!
  • Re-install any floorboards, ensuring they fit snugly and securely. Use nails or screws to secure them in place.
  • Sand the floorboards to achieve a smooth and uniform finish, which then prepares the surface for varnishing or sealing, enhancing the durability and longevity of your wooden floorboards.

Read our blog on how to repair a wood floor for more.

Restore Your Wood Floor with Sussex Floor Restoration

Whether you’re a homeowner or a company based in South East England, Sussex Floor Restoration is your go-to expert for floor restoration services. 

Sussex Floor Restoration will transform your space and bring your wooden floorboards back to life.

Contact Sussex Floor Restoration today for professional advice and assistance in levelling your wooden floorboards.

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