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Managing Moisture on the Job Site

One of the biggest headaches for a wood flooring professional is dealing with customer complaints. If we are like many contractors, many of the complaints we get have to do with moisture-related problems, like cracks between boards, cupping or crowning. We can go a long way in preventing the complaints, however, if we take the proper precautions in installation and educate the customer about what to expect.

To begin, it's important to understand the basics of how wood interacts with moisture. Wood is hygroscopic, meaning that it gains and loses moisture as the relative humidity and temperature of the air around it changes. Depending on humidity, wood will reach equilibrium moisture content (EMC). As the EMC of the wood flooring decreases, the wood shrinks; as the EMC increases, wood expands.

Wood Flooring Expansion and Contraction

Preventing Moisture Problems

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