Wood floors are one of the rare building products that inherently showcase the natural beauty of the material itself, which is why wood has been used as a flooring material for centuries. One of the keys to ensuring a wood floor’s timeless beauty is having a fundamental understanding of the relationship between moisture and wood.
Wood flooring is one of the only floor coverings that, when properly maintained, will last for the lifetime of the home. Maintainance for your wood floors during the cold winter months includes monitoring relative humidity (RH) levels. What happens when the humidity drops too low? Your wood floors respond to changes in humidity by shrinking and showing gaps between planks.