No doubt you will want to keep your oak flooring in tip top condition this summer. Keeping on top of the maintenance of your oak flooring not only keeps it looking at its best, it is also the single best way to increase the longevity that your oak flooring provides and prevent premature replacement.
In order to help you keep your oak flooring fresh during the summer months, we have put together this guide.
The first thing that is important to understand about oak flooring is that whilst these flooring products are manufactured to the highest quality, they are also manufactured using all natural materials. This means that the conditions that are required for installation should be maintained to the best possible level subsequently. This approach guarantees that the optimum levels of performance of provided and the minimum amount of movement with the flooring boards occurs.
The best way to ensure that your oak flooring remains in optimum condition this summer is to ensure that the moisture content within the flooring planks remains consistent. This is because oak is a natural and hygroscopic (water absorbent) material – therefore its dimensions are directly relative to the moisture content. The best way to ensure this occurs is to maintain and control the relative humidity within your home.
Doing this will ensure that the stability of each plank within the floor is maintained. Failure to do this can result in the boards changing in stability either structurally or dimensionally.
The best way of maintaining the correct level of humidity within the interior is to use a Thermo-Hygrometer. This tool will provide you with accurate digital readings of both the current humidity and temperature within your interior. These are the two primary factors that contribute to problems with oak flooring post application.
Utilising this device regularly will keep you informed of any and all fluctuations of either temperature and humidity within your environment. Therefore, you will be in the optimum position to alter the conditions accordingly as and when required.
It is not only solid oak flooring planks that can be negatively affected by fluctuations in conditions, it is equally applicable to engineered oak flooring. This is due to the fact that irrespective of the strength of the bond between the wear layer and the plywood core, something will give with the changing conditions. The occurrence of this is likely to be detrimental to the functioning of your engineered oak flooring and financially costly to replace.