How Does Moisture Impact Wood?

Pre-finished solid, engineered, or floating wood floors can save you time and effort, but it is especially important to ensure that they are properly installed. The moisture content of your flooring, sub-flooring, and overall job site needs to be controlled carefully because the wood will expand and contact with exposure to moisture; even small amounts of moisture can create problems for your floor.

Use a moisture meter to measure the moisture content of the sub-flooring before the installation. Test several areas of the sub-flooring; the average moisture content should be somewhere between 10-14%. Click on the video to learn more about the installation process.

 

Meet Jeff Meltzer, NWFA Certified Wood Flooring Inspector

Our NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) certified inspector knows hardwood floors better than anyone. If you have questions about pre-finished flooring installation, fill up the form on the right side. He would be happy to answer your questions and provide resources to help you make the best decisions for your home or business. Universal Hardwood also offers free on-site evaluations in an effort to make the process of choosing and purchasing hardwood flooring as easy as possible!