As the seasons change and we prepare for the holidays, did you know that your home’s wood flooring reacts to temperature changes as well? Most wood flooring changes aren’t visible and should not raise concerns, but they may raise questions. At Floor Craft Sanding, we are the experts in wood floor installation and restoration. We’re here to answer all your wood flooring questions all year round.

Seasonal Changes to Hardwood Flooring

What Seasonal Changes Affect Wood Flooring?

Wood floors expand slightly during the hot, humid summer months and contract during cold winter months. Sometimes this contraction can cause visible space between individual floorboards. This is a completely normal event that should not raise alarm to homeowners.

What Factors Impact Seasonal Wood Floor Changes?

Seasonal changes are due to the changes in moisture content in solid wood. Natural wood properties contributing factors to wood moisture include:

  • Width of boards
  • Wood species
  • How was the wood cut from the log?

Does Engineered Wood React the Same as Solid Wood?

Yes, the wear layer on engineered wood is made from solid wood and is susceptible to moisture fluctuations as well.

What are the Solutions to Gaps in Wood Flooring?

Most wood flooring gaps are normal and related to seasonal weather fluctuations requiring no intervention. Once a floor regulates to the home’s environment and moisture content, it will likely remain stable. If you notice gaps between wood flooring and feel they are abnormal, it’s time to call the professionals. Most often, the gapped floor can be left in place and repaired, as needed.

Installing wood flooring in your home is a valuable investment. Any visual adjustment to your installed wood floor can cause concern. It’s important to let the experts inspect any changes before you react. You’re in good hands with the wood flooring professionals at Floor Craft Sanding. Contact us with your questions at (317) 759-2575.

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