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Our Best Wood Flooring Advice

Need to repair or refresh your wood floors? Find the solutions here. By the OHJ Editorial Staff

    Wide-plank wood floors by Hull Forest Products

    Wide-plank wood floors by Hull Forest Products

    Wood floors are one of the most beloved features of old houses—their popularity spans across styles and centuries. But they also require a bit of upkeep to endure the passage of time in top form. Sometimes, all they need is a cosmetic fix, but often the problem goes deeper—to squeaks, gaps, missing boards, and the like. Fortunately, there’s a solution for just about every wood-floor issue, and OHJ has covered a lot of them. The articles below represent the best of our advice on keeping wood flooring in tip-top shape, from quick fixes to more involved repairs. If you have a question about your wood floors, we’re betting the answer is here.

    The Basics

    Wood Flooring Q & A
    Find answers for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wood flooring (and then some), from how individual boards are constructed to advice on patching and staining.


    Easy Floor Fixes
    Whether your problem is an annoying squeak, a persistent stain, or gaps between floorboards, you’ll find simple fixes for common wood-floor issues here.
    More Wood Floor Fixes
    Need to replace a floorboard or repair one with a Dutchman patch? Here are step-by-step instructions for performing both jobs.
    What To Do About Sagging Floors
    Sagging floors are a typical old-house headache—and they might be a symptom of bigger problems. Here’s how to investigate and solve sagging problems.


    Wood Floor Finishes 101
    Knowing the basics about some common flooring finishes—from polyurethane to tung oil—can help you choose the right one for your floors.
    Step-by-Step Floor Recoating
    If your floors are in less-than-stellar shape, you might not need a complete refinishing. Simply recoating them instead is an easier and less invasive process to make them look like new again—and it can be easily accomplished in a weekend by a handy DIYer.
    Restoring Painted Wood Floors
    Before the stain-and-varnish trend took hold, painted wood floors were a mainstay in American homes. If your floors are painted, here’s how to keep them looking their best.
    Published in: Old-House Journal December/January 2013

    { 1 comment }

    Steven Jarris November 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for this awesome article. I really enjoyed it! I have been amazed by the complexity of the wood flooring. There isn’t as much of this type of flooring in Phoenix but it is still great to see!

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