A weak subfloor is one of the top reasons why floors crack and pop. Ideally, you require a thick subfloor that can easily handle the weight of your stapled hardwood flooring. A thin subfloor may buckle and crack under the weight of the flooring, causing damage to your hardwood. The subfloor should be even and smooth to avoid installing hardwood floors improperly.
For stapled installation, wooden or plywood subfloor are your only options. These options will do the job fine as long as they are thick enough to handle the staples and lock into place upon contact. A particle board subfloor is doomed from the start and simply isn't strong enough.
Bad installation is another reason why hardwood flooring cracks under pressure. When flooring isn't installed correctly, it won't last as long. Not using enough staples, not using the correct adhesive, or putting staples too far apart are all reasons a hardwood floor may pop or crack. Over time, stapling can damage hardwood floors in a way that nails won't. If you decide to redo your hardwood floor, opt for a different installation method to reduce the likelihood of cracks.
Moisture and humidity
Everyone knows that moisture and humidity are natural enemies to hardwood flooring and some of the main reasons a floor can crack over time. A warped floor will expand and require replacement.
To avoid this problem, check for leaks before you install your stapled hardwood floor. Also, allow your new flooring to sit inside your house before you install it. This process lets the new flooring adjust to the environment in your home to avoid sudden warping.
Many houses settle and a loosening or shifting foundation can be responsible for a stapled hardwood floor coming apart, warping, cracking, and popping. This settling is a natural occurrence and there is really nothing that can be done about it. Once you have fixed your home's foundation, you may need to replace your hardwood flooring to avoid future problems.
Don't second guess yourself when it comes to installing hardwood flooring. Contact the professionals at Gowdy Flooring at (806) 353-6226 to get information about our products and installation services. Browse our website to get more details About Us, or send us an email and get quick answers to your questions. Stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer in person, or consult with a professional about your flooring needs. We are located at 5205 S. Coulter in Amarillo, Texas.