When we think of protecting our hardwood floors, often the first thing to come to mind is damage from spills or scratches. What most homeowners do not realize is the effect the sun or humidity can have on their hardwood floors, especially during the summer months. Here is what our team at Floor Coverings International Waukesha wants you to know about protecting your hardwood during the summer.
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 humidity levels constant inside your home, it will prevent your floors from drastically expanding or contracting. When hardwood experiences extreme humidity levels, the boards will absorb the moisture and swell. The swelling can cause the boards to warp which can be difficult to restore.
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 when the sun is strongest. As much as the daylight brightens your home, it can also fade the 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.
Rugs Can Help
Rugs are a great way to protect your hardwood in high traffic areas. But they are also effective at protecting your floors from sun damage. If there is an area of your hardwood floor that experiences direct sun exposure, consider protecting it with a rug. It will prevent the floor from fading more quickly than areas with less exposure.
Learn More Today
If you are looking for more advice on how to protect your hardwood, or want to replace damaged floors, call us at Floor Coverings International Waukesha today. We will connect you with our flooring experts who are more than happy to advise you on your flooring needs! Schedule a free consultation today. We are proud to serve Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.
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