Wood Floors and Winter

Oct 11 2017

PROTECTING YOUR WOOD FLOORS

As we approach the dry winter months, we’d like to remind all our friends, clients, and partners of the importance of monitoring the interior environmental conditions in your home, office, and retail spaces—specifically the temperature and relative humidity levels.

Natural expansion and contraction of wood can be caused by insufficient or excessive relative humidity.  So, to reduce the chance of damage to your wood floors, the National Wood Flooring Association recommends a climatic temperature of 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 35 – 50% relative humidity.

EASY TIP FOR PROTECTING YOUR WOOD FLOORS THIS WINTER

This winter, we encourage you to closely monitor the conditions of your space and strive to create a comfortable environment for both you and your wood floor. So, here are four easy ways to protect and maintain your floors…

  1. Purchase an indoor thermometer / humidity monitor (online or from a local hardware store),
  2.  Install monitor and keep an eye on the indoor conditions during winter months,
  3. Maintain an interior temperature of between 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit,
  4. Maintain an interior humidity of 35 – 50%,
  5. Enjoy your wood floors for decades to come!

The link below has some best practices on how to cut down on some of the winter shrinkage.

httpss://www.woodfloorbusiness.com/installation/how-to-prevent-wood-floor-gaps-in-winter.html