Since hardwood floors are a natural product, temperatures and humidity levels in your home influence them. When humidity levels are higher, such as 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.
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 summertime when the weather is warmer, 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 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.
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