Moisture is an issue with hardwood flooring, no matter how you approach the problem. The good news is there are ways to combat it so that you don’t have to worry about water damage for better floors for years to come.
Deal with moisture and wood floors
Wood floors naturally absorb moisture from the environment around them, which is why you sometimes see the boards expand and contract. As the seasons' change and humidity levels with it, you're likely to see gaps appear and disappear between your planks, which is a natural occurrence, especially when the flooring has been properly installed.
The first and most crucial step in dealing with moisture is proper acclimation. Most flooring requires one to three days of acclimation time, but this length can vary based on specific given factors.
In heavy humidity and spills, it is essential to ensure that the flooring is completely dried. Even if the wood looks dry, moisture may have penetrated the planks, and a dehumidifier should be run for at least 24 hours in the center of the room.
Engineered flooring is a bit more forgiving of some moisture issues, but it's essential to treat it much the same way as you do solid wood. If you have any questions about resolving moisture issues with your hardwood flooring, be sure to contact us.
Find your best hardwood flooring in our showroom
At SunShine Floor Supplies, Inc., you'll find materials and services that meet your every need, with associates who are standing by to ensure your picks are a perfect match. We are dedicated to working with you on any size project to help create your dream floors.
For residents of Stamford, CT, and Bridgeport, CT, we invite you to visit us at our showrooms located in Stamford, CT, and Bridgeport, CT. If you’re having moisture issues with your hardwood flooring, we’ll make sure you have the answers you need.