Protecting your hardwood floors is essential as a homeowner. As a homeowner, you want to keep your home beautiful and protect your investment. Hardwood flooring, solid or engineered, is a major investment so find out how you can shield your flooring from damage particularly over the warmer months.
Handle the Humidity
When people think of water damage, they usually think of flooding. What about moisture damage? Moisture damage can occur from humidity and most experience it in the summer. If you can keep the levels of humidity constant, it will prevent your floors from drastically expanding or contracting. When hardwood changes in extreme humidity levels, the boards will expand, wreaking havoc on your flooring.
Rugs are Relevant
Though the finishes applied to hardwood flooring make the floorings more durable, it can still be scratched and scuffed. Invest in beautiful rugs that can double as decoration. These rugs will help protect your hardwood floor from dirty and wet shoes, your pet’s nails, and chairs scooting out from under the table. If you don’t prefer rugs, you also have the option of mats that will better assist your family and guests in wiping off their shoes after playing in the garden or beach.
Losing Color in the Light
Don’t let your hardwood fade with the sunlight. Sunshine means playing outside, swimming, boating, and barbecues. Unfortunately however, it also means that the curtains should be closed. As much as the daylight brightens your home, it can also fade the stunning, rich color of your hardwood flooring. Shading the room by closing the curtains will add years to your hardwood floor. Keep in mind that not only can the sun fade the floor’s color; it can weaken and warp the hardwood. The photo above is a great example that you don’t have to go heavy with your curtains, while protecting your wood floors.
If damage has already taken hold of your hardwood flooring, call us at Floor Coverings International of Brookfield, WI today. We will connect you with our flooring experts who are more than happy to advise you on your flooring needs!