April showers bring May flowers.
We all know the saying, and we all know that the spring months of March and April usually holds true for dumping some significant rainfall in the Huntsville and Madison County areas. This isn’t a negative. After all, your plants, lawn, and flowers need the water to survive. But rainwater can be a bad thing when it comes in contact with your hardwood floors.
As you may know, moisture and hardwood floors don’t jive. For example, taking on water can cause hardwood floors to rot, expand, contract, cup, crown, or buckle. The good news is that there are ways that you can keep your hardwood floors looking great even when rain is in the forecast. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Huntsville offer some advice.
Place Mats Around Entries
Wood flooring in foyers and around points of home entry are especially susceptible to damage from water, as rising liquid can seep into the home and can also be easily tracked in. Your first step should be to make sure your caulking is up to par. This will help to avoid water seeping under doors or through crevices. Your second step should be to consider putting mats in these areas to absorb any excess water that is being tracked in.
Clean Water Immediately
If you see moisture or water on the floor, clean it up immediately. This will prevent it from seeping into the wood and wreaking any real havoc on the floor. The same can be said of moisture not related to rainfall, such as spills or appliance leaks.
Use a Fan
If any areas of the home are more susceptible to moisture being tracked in from rainfall, consider running a fan in the area to help keep your hardwood floor dry. You can even purchase a specialty air mover that’s able to direct airflow in a more precise direction for such purposes.
Consider Other Types of Flooring
Though wood floors and moisture don’t mix, plenty of other types of hard floors stand up well to moisture and water, such as laminate hardwood or wood look tile. So if you’re in the market for new flooring, perhaps you might consider one of these other types of floors that are more resistant to the elements.
Our experts at Floor Coverings International Huntsville can help you identify the perfect floor to withstand water damage. We also offer free in-home consultations to residents of the Huntsville and Madison County areas. Call the number below today!
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