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Homeowners take pride in their wood floors. Let’s face it, no matter if you installed a light-colored oak hardwood floor, a darker-toned cherry wood floor, or something in between – like hickory – you want your floors to look good!
It’s surprising how quickly some people can point out a hardwood floor that is not flat, and if you’re not careful when choosing a wood floor installer, you may end up with a cupped hardwood floor. We’ve outlined five tips to help you prevent your floors from cupping this summer. But first, we must understand what it means to have “cupped floors.”
Cupped hardwood flooring occurs when there is a change in moisture levels in the air. How do you know if your floors are cupped? First, look to see if the sides of the flooring are high on the ends of the boards (where pieces connect) than in the center of the bard. If the floor board looks concaved, you have cupped hardwood floors.
Think of it like placing a small strip of water onto a small drop of water – the paper will curl up and away from the water. The same thing happens to wood flooring.
Cupping in hardwood floors is caused by a change in moisture levels in the air. However, raised moisture levels are not the only cause of cupping, they can also be caused my lowered moisture levels depending on the type of hardwood floor installed in your home.
Solid wood floors cup as a result of elevated moisture saturation in the air. For most solid wood floor species, noticeable cupping can be visible after just a few days. Unlike solid hardwood floors, engineered wood floors cup when moisture levels are reduced. Since engineered wood flooring is created using two layers of wood, the face of the boards will begin to cup faster (roughly 10 times faster) than its backer layer.
During the summertime, humidity levels tend to be higher than during the winter, when indoor moisture levels are often dried out due to your heating system. To help protect your hardwood floors against cupping, follow these 5 tips:
Elegant Floor Service is the premier choice of hardwood flooring experts in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC areas. Our wood floor experts are industry trained and can answer any of your hardwood flooring questions.
For a free estimate or to schedule hardwood floor restoration in the DC metropolitan area, contact us today!