Hardwood floors holes (please see pictures)


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Hardwood floors holes (please see pictures)

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Tenant moving out after 4 years and little holes developed in my hardwood floors. Does anybody know what may have caused it? Is it worth it to repair the holes and how to do it?

The floor was immaculate when the tenants moved in. The only thing I could think of is it may be due to the sun as a lot of sun was directly on the hardwood floors every day





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The flooring looks like it was damaged during installation.
The rough edges appear to be on a joint.
 
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The flooring is original (house is 50 yeas old), was in perfect condition without the holes prior to the tenant moving in 4 years ago.

She was using a walker, I am wondering if that may have caused the issue, the holes can't just appear by themselves, we see one pic where the wood is cracking (last picture), it was pristine 4 years ago.
 
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I also think they were there at installation although I suspect they had filler in them to hide them. I'm thinking that filler has popped loose.
 
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Those holes were not caused by the tenant. You have an old wood floor with patina. The large, long and varying gap between boards, the holes are round on one board and stop with a straight line at the joint and random damage to the wood throughout the room says this floor has not been "perfect" in a long time. It is a distressed look.
 
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Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it.

Here is a picture of 4 years ago, before the tenant moving in. I circled the red part, which is the part affected of picture 1 & 2 of my post.

It is harder to see because it is darker, but i see no holes in the identified section 4 years ago.



 
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Is that solid hardwood or engineered. If the joint was raised it might be possible that the edges of the veneer in engineered flooring chipped off where a point load took place. More likely caused by an installation issue than abuse by a tenant.
 
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2john, I don't know if they are solid or engineered, they are original from the 1950's, but thank you for your response.
 
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It looks like solid wood to me. When flooring is site finished they smear a filler over all the gaps and nicks which gets sanded off leaving it just in the spots that needed. Boards will separate some when there is temp and humidity changes. IMO it's just normal wear and tear.
 
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Thx for the input marksr
 
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I have heard that moisture level changes can cause chips on the edges of the floor boards. Don't know much about it though. I have hardwood floors and my house has excessive humidity (fix on to-do list), but I haven't seen any holes or chips appear.

Just wondering if that is true, could it be that the tenant made major modifications to the humidity level in the unit during her stay. That's a real longshot, I guess. Just a thought.

p.s. Were those holes where there were knots? My eyes even with new glasses are not too good. So you have to cut me some slack - lol! I guess the answer is obviously NO or you would have mentioned that - but it does look that way to me, at least a little bit.
 
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Hi Zoesdad, there were no knots where the holes are, thx for your input.
 
 

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