effects of humidity on hardwood from Carpet One

Hardwood and Humidity Moose Jaw, SK

Hardwood flooring is beautiful, durable and low maintenance. However, as a natural material, hardwood flooring will swell and shrink depending on the moisture in the air. In dry environments, such flooring will often crack, creak and become brittle. In humid climates, hardwood flooring will tend to warp or "cup" when the board gets bigger than the space allotted for it. Extreme humidity can even cause the wood to rot. Fortunately, there are a number of things that conscientious homeowners can do to help protect their hardwood flooring from damage in humid climates.

1. Opt for professional installation. To minimize boards on your wood flooring swelling after installation, it's essential to acclimate the boards to your home's environment before it is installed. In addition, the gaps between the boards need to be adjusted to accommodate potential swelling. Professional installers have the skill and experience to make these judgments accurately. Professional flooring contractors will also often offer post-installation warranties.

2. Choose your wood carefully. Not all hardwoods are created alike. Soft woods, such as pine or maple, are more susceptible to swelling in humid climates than dense, heavier woods like mahogany, teak and/or ebony.

3. Take steps to maintain constant indoor moisture levels. Just because you live in a humid climate doesn't mean that the interior of your home has to be filled with moisture. Room dehumidifiers or more efficient whole house units can combat excess moisture and help protect your flooring.

Keeping your hardwood flooring looking like new for years to come in a humid climate requires a little effort, but it's not impossible. Make sure choose your wood carefully, invest in professional installation and take steps to reduce the moisture level inside your home.