When it comes to installing wooden flooring in a high-moisture area, there are certain precautions that must be taken. Low humidity levels indicate that the installation can be performed without any special measures. However, if the humidity is high, a moisture barrier must be installed or the floor materials must be stored for at least three days (72 hours) to adjust to the site conditions. To prevent your floor from expanding or contracting, it's important to maintain it properly.
You should understand how these changes take place based on the climate of your home and the climate of your region. But don't worry, there are preventive measures that can be taken when installing your hardwood floor. During the colder months, your hardwood floor loses some of its moisture and contracts. This can cause thin spaces to appear between the tables.
To avoid this, you can install a humidifier in the oven or bring a mobile humidifier into the room. As long as the humidity does not fall below 40%, gaps should not appear between the hardwood planks. When spring arrives and heating is reduced, humidity levels naturally increase and most of the gaps in your wood floor material will close on their own. To ensure that your hardwood floor lasts for many years, you must take preventive measures before installation.
For solid wood floors with planks over 3 inches wide, the floor must be less than 2% of the subfloor. The floor shop cuts the case with a rear saw and installs the base after installing the floor. If you sand your hardwood floor too soon after it has been hollowed out, moisture can enter and damage it. To prevent this from happening, make sure that an anti-humidity membrane is installed and that the moisture content of the subfloor and the wooden floor (for wood floors less than 76 mm wide) are within 4% of each other.
If you don't take preventive measures or don't remove spills quickly enough, rainwater or moisture can enter your home and damage both your wooden floor and furniture. Hardwood flooring professionals must understand the weather conditions applicable to the workplace and ensure that the space where the floor will be installed is adapted to the Somerset product and the installation methods chosen. If you don't properly prepare for acclimatization of the wooden floor before installation begins, its integrity can be compromised. To combat this, Nature Wood Floors recommends that all floors be installed using appropriate barrier and moisture protection applications. If you take all these steps into consideration, you will rarely or never have problems with hardwood floors.