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How does humidity affect flooring?

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Installing beautiful laminate or hard wood flooring in your house does not come without any string attached. Once you have the tiles you dreamed of, you will have to take care of them, in order to enjoy them as long as you can in the following years. There are many elements that may affect the beauty or quality of your flooring, from improper cleaning to weather conditions. Moisture, for example, is one of the most common reasons why floors get damaged and need restoration or replacement. A lot of house owners have to deal with swollen or faded out tiles, without knowing the actual reason: water. Humidity brings with it several problems and this is why you need to make sure it does not make its way inside your house. Whether you have hard wood or laminate floors, these will be affected by moisture and you may have to replace them soon, unless you keep humidity level under control.

Humidity fluctuations

No matter where you live, humidity fluctuations will appear due to the change of weather conditions. These fluctuations are most of the times responsible for flooring damage, regardless its age or the material it is made of. Believe it or not, the highest level of humidity inside the house is normally reached during summer, so if you had wooden tiles, you need to keep an eye on the barometer. If you want to keep the finto parquet in good shape, you will have to maintain the medium level somewhere between35% and 55%. On the one hand, if the humidity is above this value, then your tiles are prone to moisture, mold and swelling: pressure will make the tiles cup or wrap. On the other hand, a low humidity level is lower than the normal value, the flooring will get dry, so make sure it does not drop under 35%. If this happens, the wood gets weakened, so it can splinter easier. In addition to this, an abnormal rate of moisture can affect the finish, eliminating the shiny patina and transforming the flooring into a worn out surface. These are some of the main reasons why you have to check humidity level from time to time and even make adjustments, if necessary.


How will the floors get damaged?

As you can see, water does not even have to affect flooring directly. All it takes is some vapors and humidity will get infiltrated in the surface, causing damage. Quick changes of temperature cause condensation, and you will soon see small drops on the floors and walls, so pay attention when airing during winter or turning on the air conditioning, during summer. Once water infiltrated, one way or another, mold and other dangerous fungus are likely to appear. These expand very fast and may lead to breathing dysfunctions or skin conditions. In addition to this, when all that moisture evaporated and the tiles get dry, they are likely to change their form – this is how swelling floors appear.