Seeing Hardwood Floor Cracks? Here’s Why.

It seems that the cold spell has final broken.  Spring time is almost upon us.  Everyone with hardwood floors has seen cracks develop in their floors during the second half of this winter.
With the furnaces running as much as they have, the humidity level in most homes has been very low. It is inevitablewood floors that shrinkage will occur in natural building products.  Most homes in the Midwest will average around 50% humidity throughout the spring summer and fall.  When it dips down to the low 30s, 20s and even lower than that, it causes dimensional change in natural materials.  Cracks open up between boards, sometimes extreme to the point of needing repair. Spring will soon be upon us and the furnace will run no longer. Humidity levels will rise and those cracks will seem to disappear. It is important to keep an eye on the humidity level in your house especially if you have new wood floors. If they were installed during the dry winter time then they were acclimated to that climate, that humidity level. Slight increases in humidity or tolerable but large increases will inversely create problems. Expansion and contraction are normal with the change of seasons.
But with dramatic changes natural materials like wood floors can swell too much causing rippling, cupping affects. A day or two  of high humidity will not cause damage. A week or two can very well be too much. If high humidity readings are noticed, action should be taken immediately. Sometimes just creating airflow will help. Other times a dehumidifier is needed. In this situation an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. We at Just Around the Corner Flooring are here to help make your life a little easier.
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