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How to replace badly-damaged flooring

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Wood & engineered wood floor board replacement:

How to cut and replace badly-damaged floor boards in a wood or engineered wood floor.

This article series explains repair methods for all types of damage that occurs on various types of wood flooring in buildings. We explain what to do about gaps between interior floor boards, and we also address deterioration and problems with outside wood decks and porch floors, and we also describe repair approaches for various wood floor damage.



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Cut-out & Insert Methods for Replacing Damaged Wood Floor Boards

Black stains on wood floor from water leaks at nearby door (C) Daniel FriedmanHow to Cut-and-Replace Damaged Floor Boards

Solid wood plank floor boards can be cut and removed and replaced with matching wood by working with a drill, chisels, and an oscillating blade thin-kerf saw.

Our photo shows an unfortunate situation: leaks at the entry door went on so long that the floor and subfloor were actually rotted and soft. But someone did an expensive floor re-finishing job and simply polyurethaned right over the rotted floor.

Replacing the rotted floor boards before the floor sanding and refinishing job might have been a nicer approach.

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Watch out: do you really need to cut and replace damaged floor boards?

It is always smart to use the least-invasive, least-destructive repair or renovation method you can. Floor boards that have been stained, gouged, scratched can often be repaired in place.

See WOOD FLOOR DAMAGE REPAIR for other wood floor repair procedures.

These flooring cut and replace methods, designed originally for replacing solid wood flooring, are either difficult or possibly not suitable at all for repairing plastic laminate flooring nor for small areas of damaged engineered wood nor other wood floor types, but still, they can sometimes be used, with care, for both replacing badly-damaged, rotted, or deep-stained solid wood and engineered wood flooring.

You will want to be sure you have the right tools on hand, the right adhesive, and that you prepare the job to protect the surrounding floor to get the best results from any flooring remove-and-replace job.

Makita cordless circular saw used in flooring repairs by D Friedman (C) InspectApedia.com

Cutting to remove damaged wood floorboards (C) Daniel Friedman

Saw cuts into a damaged laminate wood flooring (C) Daniel Friedman

Scoring the wood flooring cut line before using a saw avoids splinters (C) Daniel Friedman

Tips for under-cutting end cuts when replacing wood flooring (C) Daniel Friedman

Replaced section of wood flooring in Christchurch New Zealand (C) Daniel Friedman

Photo above: abutting sections of old and newer wood flooring following a wood floor repair in the Deans Cottage, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Click to enlarge any image]

Also see DECK BUILDING & CARPENTRY TOOLS

Also see WOOD FLOOR ENGINEERED, REPAIRS

Also see LAMINATE FLOOR DAMAGE REPAIR

Laminated flooring that's plastic is discussed at LAMINATE PLASTIC FLOOR

Laminated wood flooring new installation is described at FLOOR, WOOD ENGINEERED, LAMINATE, INSTALL

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