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Humidity Control 


 All wood flooring expands in the humid summer weather and shrinks in the winter under dry conditions. A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage in wooden floors due to low humidity levels. Wood  stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions. A humidity level between 45-50% is recommended. 

 In damp conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with an air conditioner or humidifier or by periodically turning on your heating system during summer months. Excessive humidity in the summer can cause the boards to swell and consequently warp. Especially if your hardwood flooring is exotic wood specie (for example: Jatoba, Exotic Walnut, Acacia, Cummaru, etc.) Their natural habitat is in Amazon forests and very humid but hot places, which causes these types of species to absorb humidity a lot faster than local North American wood species ( for example: Hard Maple, Red Oak, Cherry, Birch, Hickory etc.) In these cases more than 55% humidity level is too high.  

  In dry conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with a humidifier. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions. Excessive dryness can cause wood floors to shrink and as a result creating gaps between the floor boards. If your humidity less than 35% then it's too dry in your house.

  Maintaining proper humidity levels in your home is extremely important and will help to extend the life of your hardwood floors, ensuring a continual enjoyment of your investment for years to come.