2 Methods for Patching a Hardwood Floor
Learn professional techniques for evaluating damaged flooring, removing individual boards, and installing seamless repair patches.
Synopsis: Brent Kelosky, a wood flooring specialist, describes two ways to replace a damaged section of hardwood floor. If the damage is through the entire board, the fix requires removing the damaged piece down to the subfloor with a router; if the board is not damaged all the way through, it’s possible to use a template to remove the top layer and install a replacement cap. In either case, Kelosky explains how to remove the damaged section and install the replacement piece to hide the repair as completely as possible.
My father started our family business, Wood Floor Designs, more than three decades ago. I’ve helped him manage it for the past 26 years. In that time, we’ve completed hundreds of floor patches. The hardest part of any patch job is finding a replacement board to match the floor—it needs to be the same species and equal in size,…