Hardwood & Humidity
As your local flooring expert, we know how the weather can affect the flooring in your home. In addition to providing quality hardwood floors, we also provide advice for homeowners about how to care for their hardwood floors. Humidity and dry air can have a huge impact on your hardwood. If you are new to owning hardwood flooring, the information below is important. If you are interested in learning more, contact us at Burlington Carpet One Floor & Home.
Moisture and Hardwood
Moisture and humidity can affect the natural, organic part of the plank that is susceptible to changing environments. As the environment in your home changes, so do your wood floors. To break down how wood reacts to changes in moisture in your home think of each board as a stalk of celery. If you look at the ends of celery stalks, you can notice tiny fibers. Think of those fibers as the individual planks on your floor. The wood takes in and releases moisture through these passages, which can result in significant changes in the width of the plank.
How to Protect your Floors from Humidity
Make sure your HVAC, furnace, and humidifier are properly functioning throughout the year. By humidifier, we mean whole house units. You spent thousands on your hardwood floors, so a small investment into caring for them will help to make your hardwood floors look great and last for years in your home.
It is essential to control and maintain the temperature and humidity in your home or office. With hardwood floors, you need to have your A/C running, even if you are out of town. High humidity rooms, like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, are not suitable places to install hardwood. A good, professional installer will be sure to recommend not installing wood in those areas of your home.