Tim Chavey

Flooring Specialist


There are usually two repetitive factors involved throughout the decision to purchase and install a hardwood floor. Solid or Engineered, Glue-Down or Nail-Down, Pre-Finished or Sand & Finish, Oil-Based seal/coat or Water-Based seal/coat, Seal-The Concrete – or not seal, have professionally installed or DIY. As a Certified National Wood Flooring Association, (NWFA), Hardwood inspector, I have inspected literally thousands of hardwood failures and am still taking advanced hardwood classes at the college level to more thoroughly understand the possibilities of why/how a failure occurs.


Hardwood is generally a very costly purchase and the possibility of an installation or manufacturing failure can be quite a larger cost. Listed to the right are some of the more common hardwood failures I examine.

Common Hardwood Failures

  • Cupping
  • Crowning
  • Early Wear
  • Hollow Sounds
  • Creaking or Noises
  • Buckling
  • Finish Peeling Off
  • Edges Splintering
  • Improper Culling
  • Cerf Cut Telegraphing
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Inconsistent Finish
  • Poor Installation
  • Environmental Failure
  • Scratches Dents
  • Water Damage