When Is the Right Time to Replace Floorboards?
As time passes, your floorboards need some attention and caring. If you hear the sound of creaking, it is not necessarily a sign that your floorboards need to be replaced. It just means that they are probably dried out or the nails they are fastened with are loose and need to be tightened again. Before starting to replace or fix your boards, always make sure that you know what’s underneath. Otherwise, you risk damaging or breaking cables or pipes which can lead to a greater disaster.
However, there are some situations which require a complete replacement of your floorboards. If they are split, shrunk or broken, then they need to be fully replaced. All of these problems could be caused by rotting of the boards and here are two areas of rot which can affect your floorboards.
Dry rot fungus eats on wood, and it can make it crumble under the fingers. This fungus lives in moist and unventilated conditions and can cause a destruction of your floorboards. Initially, it appears as a white smudge and later, it can develop thick lines. If exposed to light, it can have a lemon-yellow color. They produce various spores and can leave deep cracks in the floorboards.
Wet rot is a natural decaying of wood in damp and moist conditions. The rotten area should be removed and replaced completely. If the rotten area is small, it can be cut out and replaced with a new piece of floorboard. Wet rot can make the floorboards feel spongy when touched and darker in color when compared to ones not being affected. And once dried, they can easily crumble and crack into pieces. To prevent all these troubles, maintain the floorboards and prevent any water or moist from getting on or under them.
If the problem occurs anyway, tackle it immediately and remove the cause of your troubles once and for all. If you notice any of these signs on your floorboards, then surely it is time to remove them completely.