New Hardwood Floor & a Deep Scratch

lhartnettApril 17, 2011

I'm sick to my stomach. We just had a red birch floor installed and I know it's soft and am prepared for dings and such. But we moved a very heavy piece of furniture using those padded sliders (it's 400 lbs). Things were going well and then the pad picked up a piece of something and left a scratch across 3 boards before I noticed it.

Can anything be done? Can they really cut out certain boards and replace without it looking like a patch job?

Of course the scratch is right in the main walk way. I'm trying to just get over it and realize that over time, we'll have more scratches and dings and embrace them as character.

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booboo60

I know how you feel; not long after we moved into our new house that we built we got a huge scratch in our new wood floor!! Now, 2 years later there are lots of little scratches and you just don't seem to notice them but that first one is a killer!! I don't know about replacing the boards; it could depend on if your floor is an engineered floor or not may be easier if it is. Can't hurt to ask but I would think it could compromise the other boards around it.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 11:03AM
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glennsfc

A professional will be able to make an invisible repair.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 11:00PM
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woodfloorpro

You bring up a point I'd like to go over. Most wood floors will not hold up to heavy weight being drug across them. This includes rolling out refrigerators. A rug under the weight will not prevent the compression of the wood fibers. The surest method is to place a clean sheet of 1/8" press-board down and drag across it thus dispersing the weight and protecting the floor.

The padded sliders will work IF you use them over an upside down piece of short napped carpet. Then any grit encountered will not be forced into the finish and the weight of the item will be adequately dispersed causing no damage.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 2:38PM
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brickeyee

"The surest method is to place a clean sheet of 1/8" press-board down and drag across it thus dispersing the weight and protecting the floor."

1/8 inch is not going to spread enough weight to matter.

3/8 underlayment at least.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 11:02AM
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woodfloorpro

Beg to differ.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 7:19PM
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