HARDWOOD FLOORING IDEAL CONDITIONS GUIDE
WOOD IS A NATURAL MATERIAL WHICH REACTS TO ITS ENVIRONMENT.
To minimize expansion and contraction, it is important to maintain an ideal, constant temperature and the right humidity in the room. The same conditions are often also ideal for people.
Maintain Relative humidity level: Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 40 to 60 percent throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
Heating Season (DRY): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
Non Heating Season (WET): Air conditioner and dehumidifier is recommended during the summer months. You should turn off your humidifier in the summer months to avoid your hardwood flooring to buckle.
According to the National Hardwood Flooring Association, wood flooring has a comfort level, too.
“Wood flooring will perform best when the interior environment is controlled to stay within a relative humidity range of 40 to 60 percent and a temperature range of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, that’s about the same comfort range most human enjoy.”