13 wood-related defects not typically covered in the defects inspection checklist

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1. Nail lodged underneath the door

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Nails are used in the constructions of the door. However, there are cases when the exposed nails are accidentally left lodged beneath the doors. This is especially dangerous for the younger children, when their tiny toes are caught beneath the doors.

Side note: A rusty nail was found lodged beneath our bathroom door when we carried out the defect checks. The red arrow shows the nail hole, which has since been filled up with wood putty after the rectification.

What it means to you?

Use a mirror to check for foreign objects underneath the doors and get them removed.

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2. Crack line in door panel

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Sometimes, cracks will appear in the door panel as the door panel shrinks or expands when the weather temperature variation is too much. Other than this, a crack line may also appear when there is a heavy impact on the door panel.

What it means to you?

Get the door replaced and ensure that there is ample ventilation in the room after replacement.

3. Warped door panel

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When the door panel is warped, visible gap can be seen at the side and the door will not close properly. This happens when the door is improperly stored or when the weather temperature variation is too much.

What it means to you?

Get the door replaced and ensure that there is ample ventilation in the room after replacement.

4. Inconsistent gap between door panel and door frame

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When the door frame or door is out of alignment, there will also be an inconsistent gap between the door and the door frame when the door is closed.

What it means to you?

Check the alignment of the door and the door frame. Readjust the alignment or replace the door where necessary.

5. Gap between door frame and wall

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When the door frame is out of alignment with the wall or door frame of wrong size is used, a visible gap can be observed from the side.

What it means to you?

Make good either the wall or door frame by ensuring that the proper installation steps and right door frame size are used.

6. Visible carpentry joints in door frame

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Poor workmanship or dimensional wooden defects will result in unsightly visible carpentry joint lines in the door frame.

What it means to you?

Get the door frame replaced.

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7. Door frame not parallel with ceiling or floor

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When the door frame is not parallel with the ceiling or floor, it could mean that either the door frame, ceiling or floor is out of alignment.

What it means to you?

Check to see whether if the door frame is out of alignment and whether if the ceiling or floor is leveled properly.

8. Cupping of parquet flooring

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Wood floor cupping is caused by loss of adhesion of timber boards at the edges due to water seepage or excessive exposure to sun UV.

What it means to you?

Get the flooring replaced and ensure that the flooring is protected from the weather elements after they are reinstalled.

9. Gaps or cracks on parquet strips

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Caps or cracks are due to the parquet shrinkage when there is prolonged dry environment or expansion when there is a lot of moisture.

What it means to you?

Get the parquet strips replaced and the replaced strips should be checked for moisture before installation. Keep the room well ventilated and avoid extreme temperature changes in the room.

10. Stained or discoloured parquet skirting

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Stained skirting is caused by paint or chemicals used during the installation process. The discoloration may also be caused by the chemical used and  prolonged exposure to water or direct sunlight

What it means to you?

Get the paint stains removed with thinner or get the skirting replace. Ensure that there is  proper waterproofing to prevent damage from the water. Ensure the skirting is not exposed to sunlight by getting window shades or curtains.

11. Nails sticking out or nail holes in parquet skirting

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Nail guns are usually used to secure the wooden skirting. However, sometimes, the nails are not properly installed in the skirting either due to improper handling or that the nails are too long.

When that happens, a part of the nail is exposed and can be hazardous. Furthermore, when the nails are removed, the gaps left behind become excellent hiding places for tiny pests.

What it means to you?

Check that there are no exposed nails and that the nail holes are covered with wood putty.

12. Visible gap between the parquet skirting, flooring or skirting joints

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These gaps are caused by uneven flooring or improper installation of the skirting. Sometimes, there are too many joints in the skirting which causes the gaps to appear. When the gaps are not filled up, they are excellent hiding places for insects and trap moisture, which will damage the wooden floor and skirting.

What it means to you?

Check beneath the wooden skirting for gaps and get them filled up with wood putty.

13. Visible gap between the parquet skirting and wall

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After installation, the gap between the parquet skirting and wall needs to be covered with caulk, to make the joinery look flawless. It also serves as an important barrier to keep both critters away from the gap.

Side note: The red arrow shows the gaps between the parquet skirting and the wall in our bedrooms. These were  supposed to be covered by the white caulk.

What it means to you?

Ensure the gaps between the wooden skirting and wall have been properly sealed with the caulk.

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This article was first published in Renonation.sg.