Hardwood and Humidity
Wood flooring is a durable and beautiful choice for your house. A high quality wood floor adds value to the home and offers a number of benefits. Hardwood floors are easier to maintain and clean. They are also an excellent choice for those with allergies which can be exacerbated by certain carpeting. There are a number of types of wood to choose from and many can be finished or stained to best fit the look of the architecture and design aesthetic that most appeals to the homeowner.
Concerns With Humidity
Wood flooring offers a durable choice. If the type of wood and installation are done well, your wood floor should hold their appeal for years to come without much maintenance. However, wood is susceptible to damage from moisture. In most cases, severe damage to wood flooring is caused by flooding. This is when water saturates the floor and the material is often covered by water for an extended period of time. However, severe humidity can also cause damage. When wood is subjected to moisture it swells. This is a concern because wood that's swelled significantly can warp or cup, so that the floor boards won't fit together properly and the floor won't appear even. In extreme cases, wood can rot from too much moisture.
Protecting Your Floor From Humidity
If you have a hardwood floor or want to install one, it's important that you know the weather conditions in your area and how it can impact the natural wood. You might also want to discuss different finishes for the best longevity and maintenance of your floor. It's also important to choose an expert in flooring for the installation. They can make sure that the floor is installed properly with the right amount of space between floor boards to accommodate for normal swelling and shrinking during weather changes.