With warmer weather comes humidity, which, in the Ozarks, is often harsh. You know how uncomfortable it gets—now imagine what havoc the humidity can wreak on your hardwood floors.

Wood is naturally absorbent, making it moisture’s best friend. When wood absorbs water, it expands, which can potentially cause cracks. Thankfully, Stoneridge has some recommendations that will help you care for your hardwood floors during the hot summer months, and help enhance your floor’s longevity.

To start, make sure the air in your home is relatively dry. If your home is susceptible to flooding, add a sump pump in the basement and make sure your home’s insulation is well intact to prevent moisture from slipping through possible cracks in foundation or siding. Fans should be used in any room where water is used, such as kitchens and bathrooms, to wick away moisture. Also, transfer any houseplants that create moisture outdoors during the summer.

Control the temperature in your home by running your air conditioning system continuously on those hot, humid days. Some thermometers measure humidity, which is a vital tool in maintaining the right amount of moisture in your home. If your thermometer doesn’t measure humidity, we recommend a humidistat. Try to maintain a humidity level between 30-50 percent, which is a temperature range of 60-80 degrees. A general rule of thumb is to keep your home’s humidity levels from reaching over 55 percent. If your home is prone to higher levels of humidity, a dehumidifier is recommended.

Our friendly staff at Stoneridge Flooring Design is here to help you care for and maintain your hardwood flooring. Contact us if you have any questions!