Uplifted floors: causes and solutionsWilson Velez
We often find uplifted floors; these are not very stable and damaged. Sometimes it is a simple question of aging; other times, renovations are the cause. It depends on the materials used and the installation methods, which are often not performed professionally.
The primary cause of flooring defects, in most cases, is the reduction of cost and construction times.
The requirements for flooring installation require a separate installation of load-bearing flooring. The slab between floors between the different dwellings sometimes provides for the interposition of specific materials such as rock, wool, or panels of other insulating materials for the sole purpose of obtaining the required performance.
When we talk, for example, about tiled floors, this also leads to a loss of know-how and, consequently, to an increase in tile-related problems and damage.
Damage to floors and tiles are among the most frequent in flooring installation issues.
Tiles are generally chosen because they are considered durable floor coverings, unlike floor coverings such as linoleum, PVC or classic carpet.
Cracks in floors
Tile flooring is a type of coverage installed in generally humid environments, such as bathrooms and kitchens, in the main rooms of the apartment, such as those intended for the living room and bedroom.
Given its properties, the characteristics of hygiene, solidity, and inalterability, these floors are required by the customer. But, this type of flooring is the one that most frequently suffers damage.
The first visible signs are of injuries to individual flooring tiles. These can spread depending on the circumstances of the entire floor, causing its breakage.
Causes of floor lifting
The causes leading to the breakage and lifting of the floor are multiple; in particular, they can be technical; therefore, due to external factors that may have influenced the perfect laying of the flooring.
On any random day, a part of the floor tiles at home may appear lifted. It doesn’t have to be the whole flooring; just a part of it. This can also happen to wooden floors. Because, for these tiles to be lifted, the cement must tear off.
The cause of the tiles -or the parquet boards- lifting is usually due to humidity. And we have to watch out if that has happened in our home, as we probably have a problem that we need to solve.
Excess humidity can affect the surface where the tiles lay; this can happen due to a leak in pipes passing through the flooring or even in the walls. To get to the problem, first, we need to remove the lifted tiles and check what they look.
From here, the floor where the tiles were installed, known as the substrate, must be thoroughly checked, which is usually made of cement, although it can be metal or wood. The most important thing is to check for any traces of mold or moisture. Before remounting the tiles, we need to remove the mold or mildew with a substance specifically for this purpose.
In some cases, that serves to end the problem temporarily. But if there is a leak -and dampness in the floor usually indicates such a problem, it will be necessary to detect what has gone wrong and try to solve it.
How to proceed when there is a lifted floor?
Once we identify the problem and the cause of this lifting, the operations and interventions to solve it should start with a professional company, such as Philadelphia Flooring Solutions.
However, it can often happen that due to an excessive age of the floor, the best solution is to remove the entire damaged floor and rebuild it completely, eliminating the cause of the exploded or relieved floor.
The intervention will have to provide the appropriate solutions to prevent the problem from recurring and thus eliminate the triggering reason.
If you want to explore high-quality materials and renovate the flooring of your home or office, just come with us, and we can solve your lifted floors at a reasonable price, optimally and professionally.