How to keep humidity to a minimum for excellent hardwood flooring

How to keep humidity to a minimum for excellent hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is easy to maintain, but you're probably concerned about all the humidity issues you've heard about. And let's face it: Georgia can get pretty hot and humid.

So, yes, hardwood will expand when facing humidity to try to adjust. But, unfortunately, that creates cupping, crowning, and possibly even warping.

Don’t forget to wipe spills immediately. 

How do I maintain that humidity level?

The best humidity level for wood floors is between 35-55%. The temperature should be 60-80 degrees F.

Use air conditioners at the proper temperature. If necessary, add fans or dehumidifiers.  

Monitor the floors frequently with a tool called a hygrometer. Don't forget that hardwood floors can be just as damaged if the room is too cold or dry–they'll crack, shrink, split, and break.

About the hygrometer

This tool measures a space’s water vapor. You can buy one at the hardware or home improvement store for about $10 or less.

This should also be done even if the hardwood flooring hasn't been installed yet. About a week before installation is ideal.

Or avoid it altogether

There are two types of hardwood floors: solid and engineered. The engineered version is more stable and better able to handle water.

The difference lies in the construction. While solid wood flooring is one slab throughout, engineered is layered.  

The layers are placed in a crosswise position. That results in a wood floor that's more stable and better able to handle water.

Solid or engineered, both are beautiful

They are available in many species, such as oak, hickory, maple, birch, etc. Both have undertones, knots, grains, textures, and other features that make the floors unique.

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