Moisture Damage: Protecting Your Wood Flooring from Excessive Moisture

Excessive moisture can wreak havoc on your wood flooring, causing cupping, warping, and buckling. To prevent moisture damage, follow these tips:

  • Ensure proper subfloor moisture testing and preparation before installation.
  • Use a moisture barrier or underlayment to create a barrier between the subfloor and wood flooring.
  • Maintain consistent humidity levels within the recommended range (typically between 35% and 55%).
  • Clean up spills immediately to prevent water seeping into the wood.
  • Use area rugs or mats in high-moisture areas like entryways and kitchens.
  • Consider using engineered wood flooring in areas prone to moisture, as it offers better resistance.

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