Do All Hardwood Floors Warp?

Posted on October 20th, 2014 by

When you invest in a fine hardwood floor for your home, the last thing that you want is for the beauty and style of your floor to become warped and misshapen. Before you make the decision to invest in this type of quality flooring, you may want to consider the factors that could cause warping.

When customers come into our Carrollton flooring store and are concerned about hardwood warping, we remind them that all types of hardwood floors can potentially warp. This is because the main cause of warping is moisture in the wood. All types of wood can absorb moisture when exposed to water or humid weather conditions. Moisture may come from inside the home, such as if the home is not properly sealed or even if you leave the windows and doors open on a high humidity day. Moisture may also come from below the floor if the foundation absorbs moisture or if there is a plumbing leak in the foundation.

Few flooring solutions are quite as impressive as a fine Carrollton hardwood floor, so it is easy to understand why some homeowner’s may be set on installing hardwoods even with the chances of them warping. Fortunately, there are a few ways to minimize the likelihood of warping which include, but are not limited to:

–          Taking the steps to properly seal your home to minimize humidity

–          Investing in a dehumidifier if you live in an area that is naturally humid year round

–          Selecting softer wood materials such as oak or bamboo which are not as prone to warping

If your floor does warp, keep in mind that some floors will return to normal once the wood has dried out again. However, if you feel that the possibility of warping is enough to deter you from this option, there are many other types of flooring that can offer more durability, while still mimicking the appearance of hardwood. For example, today’s luxury vinyls can withstand high moisture and humidity and can now be made to look exactly as some of their solid wood counterparts. Click here to view some of the vinyl flooring options available at CMA Flooring.

If you would like to learn more about your flooring options, don’t hesitate to reach out to CMA Flooring at 972-418-6606 and request a free in-home consultation!