What to Do About Hardwood Cupping and Buckling

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Avoid Hardwood Cupping and Buckling

Learn how to prevent it and how to treat it.

When hardwood is properly maintained it is one of the longest lasting flooring materials available. But when it is not properly maintained there is the risk of hardwood cupping and buckling. This not only degrades the look of your home, it can make it difficult to navigate through the space and could force you to make expensive replacements and repairs. Rely on this simple guide to learn everything you need to know about hardwood cupping and bucking.

Hardwood Cupping and Buckling Defined

Cupping and buckling are two related but distinct problems. Cupping is when the edges of each board are higher than the center, creating rounded depressions. Buckling is when the boards start to pull away from the sub-floor. That can cause bulges to form in the flooring. You may not be able to spot signs of hardwood cupping and buckling without getting down on your hands and knees and inspecting the flooring closely, but you will probably be able to feel the problem if you walk around without shoes.

Causes of Hardwood Cupping and Buckling

In both cases moisture is the culprit.

When the moisture level in the home is too high, your hardwood may begin to buckle and cup. Tweet This

How to Prevent Hardwood Cupping and Buckling

If you take a proactive approach, you can prevent both of these problems from ever starting. The first step is to make sure that liquids are cleaned off of the hardwood flooring as quickly as possible. If there is a part of your flooring that is regularly subjected to leaks or moisture, cut off the water source as quickly as possible.

The next step is to monitor the humidity in your home and the moisture content (MC) is your hardwood. Specialized devices can handle both tasks and give home owners tools to make changes in the home before moisture issues lead to hardwood cupping and buckling.

Ways to Fix Hardwood Cupping and Buckling

Depending on the severity of the problem, it may be possible to fix hardwood that has started to cup or buckle. Cutting of moisture and humidity sources and setting up a dehumidifier and can lower the MC in the wood and return the surface to level. It may also be possible to sand the cupped and buckled floors down, but this will only be effective over the long term if moisture is kept under control. In extreme cases, it will be necessary to tear out the floor, cut off the moisture sources, and install new hardwood flooring.

Just Around the Corner Can Help with Hardwood

Don’t let hardwood cupping and buckling compromise the investment you’ve made in your home. Rely on the team at Just Around the Corner to help you identify hardwood flooring options that are resistant to moisture absorption and less likely to start cupping and buckling. Making the right choice can spare you a lot of expensive hassles. Contact us to begin exploring your options.

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