What is Wood Floor Cupping?

Sep 09, 2020

Wood floor cupping is unfortunately one of the most common issues that can plague hardwood floors. 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.

The Reality

If you’re fortunate to have engineered floors, the cupping is reduced due to its structure, or the way it’s manufactured. Engineered floors have a backer, which provides stability in changing moisture conditions. That’s why engineered hardwood floors are ideal in a kitchen.

If you don’t have engineered hardwood floors, no worries! In most cases people have their hardwood floors installed by a professional who takes moisture levels, and the type of subfloor into account. Taking in all these components, the chances of experiencing cupping is greatly reduced. Although it may occur, it may not be enough for anyone to notice.

What if I Notice?

If you see cupping on your wood floors, then it is important to hire a professional to analyze and work towards fixing it. Wood floor cupping can happen from everyday items in your home, such as refrigerators, ice makers or toilets leaking. Also, if the humidity in the house is higher or lower than when the wood floors were acclimated at the time of installation, then cupping can occur. Cupping also happens most in our current season of winter. This is due to the rapid moisture level changes.

If you notice that your wood floors may be cupping, we strongly recommend a professional to handle the task of fixing them. 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, Twitter, and LinkedIn!