I notice deep cracks on hardwood floor all over like below. We really like the house and buy it. Is this a major problem or a common one enter image description here

  • That is a major problem. Repair is probably unreasonable.
    – Lee Sam
    Feb 27 '19 at 7:11
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    You say the cracks (I'd call these scratches) are all over which leads me to believe this is intentionally distressed (also called hand scraped) hardwood flooring. It is done to achieve worn-in look. If that is the case, it is not a problem with the flooring itself, but if you do not like the look your only option really is to replace it.
    – aphoria
    Feb 27 '19 at 13:11

The scratches in your photo are not a problem - they are a feature. Yes I'm being serious.

It is common to find hardwood flooring these days which is intentionally 'distressed' by creating these scratches & grooves before being finished - and you can see in your pic that the finish on this flooring extends down into the grooves, and has not been scraped off.
Sometimes the features are intended to look like old well-worn flooring, and other times they're intended to look like the flooring was 'crafted' by hand. Often the features look like the remains of being rough-cut by a circular saw blade.

Take a trip to any flooring store in your neighborhood and look for the section featuring 'hand-scraped' and 'distressed' options - and you'll find many examples of what you're seeing here.

A google image search for "distressed hardwood flooring pictures" shows many examples:
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Those are really deep scratches, you can't fix those completely. You could get rid of the smaller ones and fill up the bigger ones, you'd need to sand the whole floor down and refinish it though or it would look worse. At the end of that it may not look that much better, then the only option is replace the whole floor.

If it was me I'd invest in a rug which would cover that area, or I'd just live with it.

  • Any idea what may cause this? Feb 27 '19 at 9:00
  • @VamsiKrishna a child getting hold of a sharp object and amusing itself for a few minutes, dropping something heavy on its corner. Feb 27 '19 at 11:47
  • That's very hard to say @VamsiKrishna, possibly something heavy and jagged was dragged on the floor.
    – GdD
    Feb 27 '19 at 11:49

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