Summer was much too short and now fall is in the air. So what does that mean for hardwood floors? It means as installers and retailers we need to make sure to educate our customers on maintaining proper humidity levels in homes. Most areas of the United States go through the four seasons, and that means during the winter months heat is required to maintain a comfort level. What that also means is if forced air heating is utilized, there is a much drier environment. Inspections of gapping (Photo 1), cracks (Photo 2), checking (Photo 3), cupping (Photo 4), bond line failure (delamination) (Photo 5) and shear (Photo 6) start about two months after the heaters get turned on.
Inspectors are typically busy from November to April conducting inspections due to dry conditions. So what can we as installers and retailers do? Let our customers know they need to take responsibility in maintaining their environment.