Understanding and Resolving,
Common Flooring Defects

Your Guide to Maintaining Beautiful and Durable Floors


Understanding Flooring Defects

At My Floor Inspection, we recognize the vital role that flooring plays in any space, influencing both its aesthetics and functionality. Unfortunately, with the passage of time, several factors can contribute to flooring defects, impacting not just the visual appeal but also the safety and lifespan of your floors.

Below, we’ve provided comprehensive insights into various flooring defects, their root causes, and proactive approaches to address these issues. Whether you’re a homeowner, a property manager, or a real estate professional, this guide is designed to empower you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions and maintain the beauty and functionality of your floors.

Common Flooring Defects

Dents and Scratches

As your flooring ages and its finish naturally wears away, it becomes more susceptible to dents and scratches. To maintain its longevity, refinishing the entire floor is a proactive solution. If you're already contending with existing imperfections, you may need to sand the floor before applying a fresh coat of finish to effectively address them.

Change in Color

Hardwood floors may undergo color changes due to various factors like sun exposure, pet urine, and spills. However, the most frequent cause is when the finish on the wood floor is affected by UV rays from the sun, leading to a process known as oxidation. This can result in fading or darkening of the wood, altering its natural hue.


When a hardwood floor is installed during a humid season, like summer, the transition to a drier season, such as winter, can lead to the loss of moisture and subsequent shrinking, resulting in the development of gaps. While some degree of gapping is expected, significant gaps can detract from the overall appearance of an otherwise immaculate floor.


Cupping is another form of moisture-related damage, occurring when there's more moisture on the bottom of the floorboard than on the top, resulting in the sides of the board lifting up lengthwise to create a cup. Several factors can contribute to this issue, including excessive moisture in the subfloor, moisture in crawlspaces or basements, the absence of a vapor barrier, and changes in climate, as well as water leaks or spills.


Crowning, in contrast to cupping, occurs when there's more moisture on top of the board than on the bottom, leading to swelling and rising of the board's center. It's important to address the underlying moisture issue before attempting to rectify the appearance of the boards. If the problem is climate-related, the addition of a dehumidifier may suffice as a solution. Once the boards have dried adequately, sanding and refinishing can help restore their appearance.


Buckling is a severe type of damage where floorboards lift from the subfloor. This can result from flooding, major leaks, or insufficient expansion joints to accommodate moisture changes. To address this issue, fixing the source of the leak is paramount. Subsequently, you may need to remove the damaged boards, allow them to dry, and ventilate the subfloor. Only when a moisture meter confirms that the boards have reached the correct moisture content should you install repaired or new boards.

Don't Let Disaster Happen to You!

Don’t wait for a flooring disaster to strike—choose proactive measures to safeguard your property and investments.

At My Floor Inspection, our mission is to ensure that you never have to face the headache of unexpected flooring issues. By entrusting us with your flooring inspections, you’re taking the first step in securing the long-lasting beauty and safety of your floors. Our certified experts have the keen eye to detect defects before they escalate into disasters. Whether you’re a homeowner or a property manager, our services are tailored to protect your interests and maintain the value of your space. Don’t let a floor disaster happen to you; let us be your partners in ensuring the durability and appeal of your floors. Schedule a consultation with us today, and let’s keep your floors in top condition.