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Hardwood & Humidity

How does Humidity Affect Hardwood?


Few of us are immune to the distinctive luxury of hardwood flooring, but living in New England, the complicated climate presents ongoing challenges. With our four distinctive seasons, including balmy summers and frigid winters, moisture is a constant presence, making it important to choose your hardwood carefully.


At Northeast Flooring & Kitchens in Putnam, CT we’re here to manage all of your flooring needs and can help you make smarter choices when it comes to your home. We carry a wide array of fine hardwood products, with plenty of solid and engineered options. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you pick your perfect hardwood.


Relative Humidity and Your Floors


Your home’s relative humidity level can be expected to ebb and flow as the seasons shift. Relative humidity, which is the level of water vapor in the air, affects your hardwood both positively and negatively. For instance, a higher-than-ideal humidity level will result in swollen floor planks that will ultimately crack or warp over time. On the other hand, if the humidity level runs too low, your hardwood planks will eventually shrink: an equally damaging prospect.


To ensure a long, beautiful, and healthy life for your hardwood, we recommend maintaining a relative humidity level of 42 percent. Investing in a hydrometer or humidistat is a wonderful way to ensure consistency. Air conditioning, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and insulated window treatments can also help with this goal throughout the different seasons.


Would you like to learn more about hardwood flooring, its care requirements, or ways to beautify your home all year long? Please visit us soon, or call us today to speak with one of our onsite hardwood experts.



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