Anyone who has spent more than a few months in Thousand Oaks knows that our weather patterns are a little unique.
We tend to have a pretty dry climate, right up until winter.
So what can these climatic fluctuations mean for your home’s hardwood flooring?
Indeed, both temperature and humidity variations can impact hardwood flooring. However, the effect isn’t so detrimental that it makes hardwood an impractical choice. There are just a few steps to take as your floor panels acclimate.
Seasonal Hardwood Installation
First, we strongly recommend avoiding hardwood installation during winter (especially if you plan to install it yourself). Heat causes expansion among most hardwood species. While the difference is too small to be noticed, these minor fluctuations can cause structural problems within the room they’ve been installed. By installing hardwood flooring during the summer months, they can properly acclimate within the given space.
Although our summers tend to be pretty dry, humidity remains pretty close to the national average. Still it’s a good idea to monitor your home’s relative humidity during installation to ensure proper acclimation. By maintaining your home’s humidity within the 30% range, your hardwood flooring is more resilient to cracks, while allowing it to remain below 25% for an extended period may cause gaps between the planks. Cracks may also appear within the panels. Unfortunately, such damage is frequently not covered by a warranty.
If you prefer a little less maintenance, consider an engineered hardwood flooring installation. Although engineered is also composed of real wood, the manufacturing process makes it much more resilient than its solid counterparts. Even better, subfloors are not necessary for most engineered hardwood selections.
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