Four Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Subfloor

Four Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Subfloor

We all know that there is just nothing quite like a new floor, however, you may ask yourself the question as to how comes to some floors simply just ‘look better’ than others when they have been laid.

Well, we will let you into a little secret. This is that the actual laying of the flooring is generally only a small part of achieving a high standard finish. This is because a high standard finish is all about the preparation!

What do we mean by this? Well, most people don’t tend to think about the base their floor goes on and it is this which ultimately makes the difference between a good and a great floor.

Whilst there is always some degree of preparation that needs to go into replacing a floor, there are times when your subfloor needs to simply be replaced to achieve the standard we pride ourselves in. Here are four signs to look out for.

Listen Out For Those Little Squeaks

The odd squeak can easily go unnoticed, however, if there are a lot of areas that squeak your subfloor needs some attention!

This squeaking occurs when the wood rubs against a nail, however, if the wood begins to warp or twist, nails can work themselves loose and you will begin experiencing some problems.

Whilst this may not mean your entire subfloor needs to be replaced, you may need to replace sections of warped wood.

Is Your Floor Sinking In Areas?

A floor should be perfectly flat and secure, however, it is not uncommon, particularly in older properties, for there to be areas where it begins to sink.

Often a sinking floor can be caused by moisture getting into the wood and therefore may be a sign of a wider issue. Either way, for that perfect finish it is important to make sure you have fixed the problem!

You Get A Musty Smell

Bad smells can prove a challenge to locate, however, if your carpet or wooden floor smells musty, it is a sign of likely water damage to your subfloor and time for further inspection.

Your Tiles Seem To Have Cracked

Times are inflexible and therefore require a rigid surface to prevent them from cracking. If you are noticing cracks appear in your tiles it may mean that your subfloor is not firm enough and will need to be replaced.

If using plywood, it is important to replace the subfloor under tiles with the right thickness in order that it is strong enough to support the tiles.

Do You Need Help Choosing Your Next Floor?

Whether for commercial or domestic use, Ajax Flooring is here to help you find the best flooring option for your specific requirements. If you’d like to discuss your ideas and discover the options available, get in touch with our team of flooring experts for your free consultation and quote.