In the summer months even a floor that has been perfectly installed can react with the moisture in the air and tend to bend or cup. This is called floor cupping and is a major problem with the installation and maintenance of hardwood floors no matter how perfectly that have been installed. The cupping can be severed enough to make a floor buckle at times as well. And it is quite a cost to redo the whole floor for sure.
While most of the floors are installed with the preventive measures, yet the Moisture content and the relative humidity can make it difficult. So either you deal with the floor wood itself or you do something about the moisture in the air. For taking care of the wood, acclimation, narrower boards and stable species are some of the main suggestions. Here is what to do to prevent cupping.
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Preparing the Crawl Space
The crawl space is the most prone area for excessive humidity and retention of moisture. This is why to line up the crawl spaces with moisture absorbing materials is a good idea. In this way the moisture that is absorbed into the floor is controlled. In fact Caulk can also be used to seal spaces that retain and attract moisture. For areas that are not ventilated enough, using the desiccant packets to suck out moisture can also be used. And if your budget allows, install a de-humidifier for the right effect.
Acclimate the Flooring Before Installing it
If you are just buying the planks and having them installed immediately, then with the change of the seasons the wooden planks would either shrink or expand depending upon the humidity and the moisture. This is why it is essential to line up the planks of the wood with the wall, exposing their surface and maintaining the temperature between 60 -80 Degrees Fahrenheit and moisture between the range of 30 – 5- percent. This will help get the natural texture of the wood that is a bit safer to install.
Choosing the Right Wood
You may like the colour and the texture of the other woods better, but buying the choice of wood that is more resistant to moisture and cupping is the sensible choice. So choose the type of wood more suited to your area and atmosphere.
Be Careful about the Drainage and Inclines
If you have a floor that lies over the drainage and water pipes, ensure the maximum security of the pipe bursts and leaks. The dampness can completely destroy the floor. Also, if your house is at a lower level than the others, then too this is a problem that would persist.
While it may be very easy to find the faults with the floor, it is really difficult and takes a lot of planning to install a hardwood floor such that it does not cup and buckle. For the best installations, engaging a professional is a recommended idea!