Hardwood Floors and Humidity

shutterstock_73378072Water and timber floors is never a good combination. Wood flooring are porous and absorb moisture. That is why it’s important to see the humidity level inside your house. The humidity level, whether too high or too low, your home can impact your wood floors. So how can you know if you’ve got a humidity problem and what’s the magic humidity level?

The wood floor experts at Floor Sanding Lambeth have a few tips about how to control the humidity in your house so as to keep your beautiful hardwood floors.

Why Is Humidity Bad for Wood Floors?

Since wood is a porous material, it soaks up moisture which can damage it. Depending on how much moisture, and the length of time the hardwood floor is subjected to it, it may do irreparable damage.

The humidity levels in your home are extremely important for keeping your hardwood flooring because moisture loss causes wood to shrink and moisture absorption causes wood to swell. Here are a few warning signs that suggest you may require some help with humidity.

Indicators of Not Enough Humidity at Winter

In the wintertime, the most common symptom you see in hardwood flooring is gapping between the boards.

What occurs is that, once we turn our insecurities on, the humidity level inside our houses plummets.

This causes the wood to shrink. Hardwood floors don’t shrink consistently in most directions. When humidity levels fall, the planks will shrink more from side to side than end .

Thus, the distance between the planks grows larger causing openings. This also means that broader boards will shrink more than narrower boards.

Indicators of Too Much Humidity in Summer

Excess humidity in the summer can get the wood planks to expand and push against each other. This increase in pressure can cause the boards to cup or become higher on the edges than at the middle.

As in low humidity instances, the planks swell more from side to side than end . In extreme instances, the pressure can cause the boards to crack.

What’s My Humidity Degrees Be in My House?

So what is a secure humidity range to your hardwood flooring? Many experts concur that an perfect degree of indoor humidity is approximately 45%, but anything between 35% and 55 percent is acceptable.

Summer is generally not as large of an issue as winter. Provided that you operate your air conditioner, then it is going to eliminate excess humidity in the air. Winter is when people see that the worst issues with too little humidity.

Consider that. Your house can be drier than the desert throughout the chilly winter season! That is bad for you and it is definitely bad for your hardwood flooring!

Humidifiers Put Moisture Back from the Air

Your home needs extra humidity in the winter, but how do you put in it and control it to keep an optimal amount. Listed below are a Couple of humidifier Pointers to Help you do just that:

Buy a Hygrometer

This system measures relative humidity so that you can easily monitor humidity levels in your home. It’ll tell you if your humidity is too low so you know you want more moisture to maintain your wood floors (and furniture and woodwork) healthy. It’s inexpensive and you can pick one up in your local hardware store.

Have a Humidifier Installed on Your HVAC System

A humidistat that is built into the device will permit you to set humidity levels rather than leave it to chance. This is an perfect solution because it lets you control humidity levels year-round so that you can avoid damaging your hardwood flooring with humidity levels that are too high in the summer months or too low in the winter.

Portable Humidifiers

While mobile humidifiers aren’t as convenient as a whole-house system that’s integrated into your HVAC system, they’re better than nothing. You are going to have to clean out the moisture which may gather around them and refill them every couple of days. Most manufacturers recommend using distilled water rather than tap water which could lead to mineral deposits that affect the noodle’s efficacy.

If you have undergone a humidity-related problem with your wood floors and need advice on how to mend themgive us a call at 020 3369 1035 or contact us online to get your free quote.

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