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.
|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.