Hardwood and Humidity
Hardwood floors are known for being a living product, which is exactly what they do in your home – live! Whether you know about the many ways hardwood floors change over their lifespan or this is the first you’ve heard of it, don’t worry. We can help you lessen the effects of humidity and moisture on hardwood floors in your home. We’re your local experts at Franklin Tile Carpet One Floor & Home, and we can give you the top tips and tricks to ensure that your hardwood floors look great, even when there’s high humidity and temperatures.
How do solid and engineered hardwood floors change, and why? The primary reason why they change is that when they are cut and constructed, they are dried to a 7-8% moisture level. Rather than removing all moisture, the remaining moisture is affected by temperature and humidity levels. For example, when temperature and humidity levels rise, hardwoods usually expand, and when moisture levels are low, hardwoods contract. Neither expansion nor contraction is a negative thing, but being prepared for it is key!
There are a few different ways that you can keep your hardwood floors looking their best, even if you live in an area where extreme temperatures are common. The first way to ensure you’re prepared is to get your floors professionally installed. Our experts know how much room to leave between the baseboards to be sure that they are able to expand and contract correctly. Without the correct room left, your floors can buckle or crack.
Another way you can protect your hardwood floors is by keeping your home above seventy degrees. This ensures that your space has optimal levels of moisture in the summer, as well as the winter.