In childhood, many of us loved things that bounced—trampolines, inflatable houses at birthday parties, even the rubber balls that cost just a quarter out of the grocery store machine and would launch sky-high! In adulthood, our tastes have refined when it comes to what we like to see bounce—our hair should be lustrous and bouncy and certainly we want that cushiony softness in our skin. However, one thing that should never take on that springy quality is our hardwood floors.
If you’ve noticed a soft spot in your floor—as in an area that seems to give when weight is placed upon it—it’s likely that your issue extends much further beyond that bounce. And more than just feeling weird and appearing unsightly, saggy areas on your floor can have unpleasant effects on the items in your home that you hold dear. For instance, that China cabinet with all of your grandmother’s Wedgwood can end up tilting, sliding, and even falling if left unchecked. That means heirlooms (and memories) obliterated—not to mention an unnecessary expense to replace the damaged pieces in time for your next holiday dinner.
Often times a bouncy or sagging floor is the result of improper floor support. Luckily, the experienced, knowledgeable team at Alabama Professional Services (APS) is well-versed in getting to the root of the problem. And “root” is appropriate as many unsupported floors must be dealt with on a foundational level. By using APS for your drooping floors, you are calling in reinforcements to reinforce the very surface you stand upon!
APS’ team of driven floor fixers will professionally assess and inspect floor framing elevations and construction types. After the inspection process, they provide recommendations and offer an installation proposal to correct sagging floors, deficient framing issues, and/or damaged floor systems.
Repair proposals may require installation methods involving excavation of soil to install steel reinforced concrete footings—all in an effort to help regain steady footing on the floors of your home! APS then custom manufactures steel columns (based on your home’s specific needs) to be installed and anchored to concrete footings. Just as the APS team makes it their mission to provide you with the best possible support from start to finish, these columns are designed to support either existing floor girder systems or new ones. Once concrete footings have been installed, hydraulic jacks are used to raise the floor system to desired elevations—all based on what your unique home requires. And every inch of the lifting process is monitored and overseen by APS professionals to ensure the lift goes smoothly. As the final step, steel columns are installed and attached to girders for permanent support you can count on to last. The bouncing will be left to your child’s trampoline and the pep in your step when you feel the difference in your newly APS-reinforced floors!
If you’ve noticed sagging or bouncy floors, call Alabama Professional Services at (205) 951-9717, or fill out the online form. APS will provide you with a free estimate and develop a comprehensive plan completely individualized for your needs. Take the bounce out of your house today by visiting calltheshield.com.