Posts Tagged ‘humidity’

Seasonal Changes and Your Hardwood Floors

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

If you live in an area that experiences seasonal changes, you know first hand the effects it can cause. One effect you may not think of is what can happen to your floors when moisture changes between seasons.

With the weather getting cooler, interior humidity levels can drop. This can cause your hardwood floor planks to shrink, causing gaps. But don’t get scared just yet- we’re here to help. Read on about the precautionary measures you can take to minimize the effects of winter’s cooler weather:

Picking wood that minimizes gapping

If you have yet to install hardwood floors in your home or are looking to have them redone, we recommend a slimmer, more narrow board that will shrink less in the dry, winter months than a wider board. The type of wood also matters; certain wood species act differently with moisture contents. For example, Oak, which is more stable, will shrink less with seasonal changes in moisture. We recommend researching or talking to a hardwood floor expert about which flooring is best for your home. However, do not let moisture content scare you away from choosing a wood floor that you desire. 

If you know you live in an area that has seasonal changes, you can take preventative measures before gaps in your floors could occur. 

Keep moisture in your home consistent

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can keep moisture in your home consistent to prevent gapping in the winter. Since it is getting cooler outside, you probably are not using the AC anymore or keeping windows open, which is good! This prevents too much cold or dry air from coming into your home and drying your floors.

Closing the windows and allowing the air in your home to circulate can help build up moisture content in your home. Your daily activities such as showering, cooking, or boiling water will help to keep moisture consistent inside your home.

Another way to keep the consistency of moisture in your home is with a humidifier, as opposed to the use of exhaust fans or dehumidifiers in the warmer months.

Seasons change, but you don’t want your floors to. Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you keep your floors looking brand new all year long. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

All About Light Hardwood

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

When buying hardwood floors, it’s important to keep in mind that their styles are always changing and evolving. The most important aspect of your floor is the color, since it sets the tone for your home. Colors are not a one size fits all, and what works for another homeowner might not work for you. Signature Hardwood Floors has many colors to choose from, but for right now, we will narrow our talk to light hardwood floors.

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All About Wood Floor Cupping

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Wood floor cupping is when the sides of hardwood floors are higher up than the center of the boards. This produces a concave-like look on the floor. The issue comes from moisture content changes.

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Humidity Levels in Your Home

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Since hardwood floors are a natural product, temperatures and humidity levels in your home influence them. When the humidity level is high, such as now in the summer, wood floors expand. On the other hand, when humidity levels fall, the wood floors will contract. This cycle can cause damage and wear to your wood floors over time. Here are some ideas you should consider to fix the influence of rising and falling humidity levels on your hardwood floors.

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Install Humidity Controls Beforehand

Before you even install hardwood floors in your home, you can have a humidity control system installed in your home. This is the true way to track the fluctuating humidity levels. Aim for a humidity level between 40 and 60 percent, or else hardwood floors can be manipulated.

Controlling Humidity During the Summer

During the summer, humidity levels can rise a significant amount in your home. This causes expansion of wood, which can result in planking. Once this happens, the floor can lose its durability and become damaged. If a homeowner does not have a humidity control system, they should opt for a dehumidifier to control the levels.

Controlling Humidity Levels During the Winter

In the winter, humidity levels drop. When this happens, the wood contracts, and can result in gaps between planks on hardwood floors. If you do not have a humidity control system, a humidifier works fine as well.

Cupping

Cupping is a major problem homeowners may deal with when there are humidity problems in a home. Cupping happens when hardwood bows up slightly. Cupping can correct itself if the humidity issue is fixed. If the cupping problem is more than slight, there may need more work done to restore your floors, such as refinishing or sanding.

 

Still have questions about humidity levels in your home? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook

The Effects of Humidity and Dry Air on Your Hardwood Floors

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, humidity will be a huge issue for homes. With its high moisture content, it can cause expansion, cupping, and buckling to hardwood floors in your home. Not only that, but dry air can also be a problem. It can cause separation within boards, shrinkage, and cracks.

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