Summer is on its way, even if it isn’t officially starting for more than a month. In the meantime, you’ll have to keep an eye on the humidity in your home. Humidity can ruin your hardwood floors if you’re not careful. Here is a quick guide on how to measure it and keep it from causing problems.
Watch the Meter
You need a humidity meter. If you don’t already have one, then it’s time to buy one. The main challenge with this task is that you have so many possible choices; it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Don’t worry about it! Choosing a simple meter is enough to get the job done. All you need to remember is that the manufacturer makes a difference when you want the best meter for your money. Do your research on warranties and previous consumer reviews to ensure that you aren’t making a poor decision.
Store the Floors
The next idea is to run a little experiment. Instead of storing your hardwood floors (at least the unused planks of the same) in your basement or garage, find out where they will survive the longest. Doing this requires some effort and patience. Put the boards in one of the rooms with an average, unadjusted humidity level. This means that keeping them in the attic isn’t a good idea.
Don’t Forget about the Subfloor
When it comes to installing new hardwood flooring, you can’t forget about the subfloor. Depending on the type of subfloor you have, it can damage the flooring over top of it, and you won’t realize anything is wrong, at least not at first. The different types of subfloors that often pair with hardwood flooring include concrete, wood chip, plywood, and planks.
Find the Right Wood
The importance of finding the right wood for your home can’t be overstated. After all, Maryland is a humid place, even if the inside of your home isn’t. Some types of wood are already more absorbent, to begin with; this means that they take in moisture more readily than other species do. You must make sure that the meter you chose is compatible with the type of hardwood flooring you want to use in your home. Put your trust in a friendly hardwood flooring company that can tell you if you’re going the wrong way or not.
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When you work with John K Eareckson & Co., Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come; from a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information, visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.