Isn’t it nice, the warmth of the sunshine, the splash of the pool, the smell of a barbecue? It’s summertime and summer in Virginia is more than just sweltering heat; there’s a lot more moisture in the air, and that can be a beast on your hardwood floors. Wood is a naturally absorbent material. When a tree is alive the water moves easily through it to quench leaves and roots. When a tree is cut and turned into flooring, the cellular structure doesn’t change. So what does this mean? Wood still really likes water.
The National Hardwood Association recommends a year-round humidity level of a home to be between 35-55% to keep the floors at the best possible condition. We all know that in Virginia it’s very common for the humidity levels to reach 100% and stay there for days on end. If you already have hardwood floors, it doesn’t hurt to call in an expert to take a look at your floors and give you quotes on what it would cost to replace damaged planks, or to replace old hardwood with new flooring (or, if you want to get rid of your hardwood all together, we can also give you a quote on the cost of different types of flooring and more information to help you make the best choice).
In the meantime, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier if there isn’t already one as a part of your furnace. You may also need an in-line humidifier for the cold months too. Generally, these de-humidifiers can run a few hundred dollars, which may seem like a lot, but when it comes to protecting your investment-the floors-it’s a small price to pay. Make sure you have an accurate humidity gauge to confirm your dehumidifier is working.
If you’re planning to have hardwood put in this summer, discuss with our designers what the general level of humidity is in your home. We will schedule a home visit and take a look at how much contact humidity may have with your floors to help you make the right choice. Also, it’s important to note, when laying the flooring, having them perpendicular to your joist will make them as strong as possible, and further prevent warping and separation in the pieces.
When you meet with one of our designers, they will also share some do’s and don’ts to help you maintain those hardwood floors for many years to come. Set up your appointment by giving us a call or respond below. We want you to have the most beautiful floors for a long, long time, regardless of the time of year.