Moisture Management: Humidity Control for Hardwood Floors
Quick Tips for Avoiding Wood Floor Damage
Wood is a natural material that reacts to its surrounding environment. Because it is a natural material, it responds to temperature and humidity levels in your home. When humid, wood attracts moisture and swells. When dry, wood loses moisture and shrinks. The constant expanding and contracting of the hardwood can cause damage to your floors over time if the imbalances of the moisture in the wood are extreme. If it attracts too much moisture or loses to much moisture, that is when problems such as cupping or gaps start to occur.
Don't worry just yet! Here are just a few quick tips to avoid damage to your wood floors.
• You can significantly reduce the impact of moisture control issues by maintaining an environment for your floors that is consistently between 60-80 degrees F and 30-50% humidity.
• In the wintertime, humidity levels dip which in turn makes the hardwood contract. This can result in gaps between the planks of a hardwood floor. If your home doesn't have a humidity control system, place a portable humidifier in the room(s) where the hardwood flooring.
• In the summertime, humidity levels rise (especially here in Florida). Levels can reach as high as 90% depending on your location. When humidity levels rise, it results in the expansion of the hardwood. If your home doesn't have a humidity control system, a dehumidifier can help ease the rise of humidity levels and assist in keeping the integrity of the wood by stopping the planks from becoming permanently damaged.
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