Hardwood floors are vulnerable to this change in humidity levels in the atmosphere. Though the hardwood is first dried and then processed prior to being used for flooring, seasonal changes on the flooring may become noticeable. Keep reading to learn more about these changes with respect to various times of the year and what floor care processes you can do to avoid humidity problems with your wood floors.
Assessing Your Hardwood Floors From Seasonal Humidity Changes
Throughout winter season
The air during in winter is generally dry and lacks humidity. Homes can also be heated and hardwood floors loses some moisture and can begin contracting. This ends in a string of thin openings which typically appear between the boards if the moisture levels in the atmosphere fall under 40%. There is not anything to worry about as this will return to normal once you turn off the heating in the spring, and humidity levels start rising again.
To be able to prevent this from occurring, you might choose to control the humidity levels in the atmosphere during the winter by installing a humidifier near the furnace. Another option is to use a portable humidifier in the room(s) with wood flooring. A basic humidity meter is also helpful in tracking the moisture levels in your home through the year.
During summer season
When the air is humid in the summer, indoor humidity levels can appear as large as 90%. As a result, the wood tends to absorb the extra moisture from the atmosphere and expand in size (that can be known as cupping of timber ) within only a couple of days. If you realize that the edges of the boards are higher than its center part, the wood has cupped.
So as to stop cupping from occurring on your hardwood flooring, it is important to keep up the indoor humidity levels in your home (before installation) between 40% to 60%. Always work to limit the humidity below 65%. It is a nice thought to maintain humidity levels under control with a dehumidifier or air conditioner during the warm and humid summer season.
Special note for hardwood flooring Using exotic wood species
In case you've installed an exotic hardwood floor, you have to make sure that the indoor air humidity levels are within the range of 50 percent to 70% at all times, as well as this, air temperature also needs to be kept between 65F and 75F.
As a remedy to maintain these floors, it is advisable to keep an air humidifier running during winter season, along with an air conditioner through the summers. Installing engineered hardwood flooring and using digital temperature/moisture meter are also known to be good solutions for preventing the wooden boards from cupping, crowning, humidity fluctuations, buckling, and cracking.
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