No matter what kind of flooring you have, sometimes flooring problems come up. Of course, flooring problems should only come up after many years of use. If you have issues before the expected lifetime of the flooring has expired, then there may have been poor quality installation. Whatever the reason for your flooring issues, you will need to determine if it’s time to consider new floor installation or if the flooring problem can be resolved, says National Floors Direct. Following are some of the most common flooring problems that homeowners encounter.

Finish Failure in Hardwood Floors

carpet vs hardwood floors

The boards are already finished when you buy hardwood floors from National Floors Direct. Under normal circumstances, this finish will last a long time. But if you purchase hardwood floors from a low-quality dealer, you may experience finish failure much sooner. The floors will need to be sanded and refinished, but replacement isn’t necessarily required in this case.

Swollen Edges on Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring usually comes with a water-resistant coating, but this shouldn’t be confused with waterproof coating. When the coating on laminate flooring is breached with moisture, this can cause the edges to swell up, creating an unsightly appearance and an uneven walking surface. In a case like this, National Floors Direct says, the flooring will need to be replaced.

Buckled Flooring

Buckled Flooring

Buckled flooring can occur with various types of flooring materials because the problem has to do with moisture penetration. Depending upon the severity of the problem, you may be able to get away with replacing only the tiles or boards where the buckling has occurred. Be warned, however, that if the moisture has penetrated elsewhere, the buckling could appear in other areas in a short while. If the issue becomes chronic, new floor installation may be needed, as well as waterproofing.

Discolored Grout

Tile grout comes in a variety of colors to match or complement the home’s decor. Over time, many homeowners are disappointed to find that the grout color they chose so carefully has become discolored and is dirty looking. With proper tile installation comes grout sealing, which is meant to keep grout looking fresh and clean. If the sealant isn’t applied, you get that unpleasant, discolored grout in a very short time. The answer, National Floors Direct explains, is to simply re-grout and then make sure to apply a sealant over the grout lines properly. No flooring replacement is needed in this instance.

Frayed Carpet

Frayed Carpet

Frayed carpet or carpet that has bare patches is unsightly and potentially unsafe. Frayed carpet can have long, loose threads that could trip someone walking over it. The most common reason that carpet frays before its lifetime was that it was a poor choice for the area installed. Certain types of carpeting are made to withstand heavy traffic, while other types are for low-traffic areas. The carpet will need to be replaced. National Floors Direct recommends that you consult with their sales representative to determine the best kind of carpeting according to its intended use.


Not all flooring problems necessitate new flooring installation. But when you do need new flooring, you can rely on National Floors Direct with their selection and quality that you won’t find anywhere else.

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