Invisible Repairs for a Hardwood Floor
The key is finding boards that match and installing them with care
The beauty of a hardwood floor has an underside: It can be difficult to repair damaged boards and to do so in a way that integrates the new boards with the old. In this article from FHB‘s Project House series, restoration contractor Scott Sidler shares his process for making invisible repairs to hardwood floors. The first step is finding boards that are as close a match as possible to the existing floor. This means not only finding boards of the same species, but finding boards of the same width and with a similar grain and color. Sidler then demonstrates how to remove the damaged boards, how to patch an open or damaged area of the subfloor, and how to install new boards tightly, maintaining the tongue-and-groove connections and keeping face-nailing to a minimum. He concludes with tips for blending the new with the old when refinishing the entire floor is not in the budget.