The floor of your home is perhaps the most used surface in the house. After all, every action that happens has some type of impact on the floor. As such, you want your home’s flooring to be strong, sturdy, and able to last for years. But, your floor is more than the carpet, tile or wood surfaces you see. It is also what is underneath – the subflooring.
The subflooring is not designed for looks, but rather for longevity. It typically lives alongside electrical components, wiring, plumbing fixtures and other elements that comprise a home. It is often made from plywood or particle board that is attached directly to the home’s joists – or in some cases concrete. And, in a perfect world, subflooring can last years for decades.
Have a Home in Charlotte? How to Tell if You Need to Replace Your Subfloor:
Unfortunately, not every home has subflooring that will last for decades. It might be the result of inadequate building materials, forceful impact, a fire, or as in many cases, the result of water damage from plumbing fixtures leaking. So, how can you tell if the subflooring in your home- or perhaps just a room- needs to be repaired? Here are some indicators to keep in mind.
- Linoleum floor is bubbling up. This is not always an indicator that you need to have the subflooring replaced. Sometimes linoleum can do this because of age. But, if you begin noticing that linoleum is bowing up in more than one room, it would be wise to have things inspected.
- Hardwood floors are cupping. (This means that the edges of the board are higher than its center.) Although this can sometimes be a result of your home’s humidity being too high, it can also be due to water warping the materials below.
- Cracked tile. When subflooring begins to bow and warp the tiles on top are going to be shifted and moved. Typically, this is manifested through cracked tiles. This needs to be addressed sooner, not later.
- The floors shift or bounce when you walk on them. Sure, you might be a bit light on your feet or have some rhythm to your walk, but if the floor begins to feel spongy, bouncy or floorboards shift as you walk across the room, it’s time to call in a structural repair specialist.
- The toilet rocks or is loose. Chances are this is because the subfloor has become decayed due to a water leak either above or below the flooring.
- Uneven or sunken flooring. If it is just in a certain spot, then it is likely that only a portion of the floor has been water damaged. You will need to replace the damaged wood to prevent spreading.
- Squeaky floors. Loud squeaks from the floor as you walk across the room are indicators that the nails that connect the subflooring to the joists have pulled loose.
- Musty Smell. If your flooring or carpeting smells musty or moldy, then it is likely that there is water damage in the subflooring.
Don’t sit back and wait if you suspect that you need to replace your home’s subflooring. Have a Sherrill Structural Repair specialist take a look and determine what needs to be done. Give us a call at 980.250.2711.