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Moisture Can Get You Into Trouble

Every now and then the topic of central heating (and of course underfloor heating) should be revised as there are some things that should be taken into consideration. London flooring professionals explain that especially in this time of the year when the temperatures outside are very low and the insides of the building remain drier and warmer, the flooring and its condition should be noted.

  • Many people incorrectly assume that a wood-based London flooring product is dry as it feels dry to the touch. However, wood flooring solutions always have a small amount of moisture regardless the place you’ve been using it. An interesting fact that London flooring professionals shared is that wood is fully dry (or has zero percent moisture content) only when it is kept at, or above, the boiling point of water. Since it isn’t at the boiling point of water for ‘normal’ uses, there will always be some moisture left inside.
  • Most wood-based London flooring solutions used in central-heated buildings in the UK are at about 12% moisture content. What does that mean? There is an extra 12% of water that is held in the wood by the weight when compared to the original basic weight of wood. A good example that illustrates this ratio is given by London flooring specialists – imagine a piece of wood that weighs 1 kg. It also contains 120g of water within its cells.
  • Why is this water content important? If the product loses some of the moisture (for instance, when you turn up the heat a bit more) it will shrink a bit. This might result in the opening of some gaps between the laminated flooring sections. London flooring professionals say that plain timber boards are more prone to the movement compared to chipboard flooring panels or laminated flooring. The main principle is one – the more moisture is gained or lost as the wood flooring solution settles in, the more movement will occur, therefore, you may experience more problems.
  • What happens if the wood has very low moisture content? Let’s take as an example solid hardwood flooring – as it is produced at low moisture levels, it can gain moisture from the surrounding environment. If it is more humid, the wood will absorb this moisture and as it is originally dry it will expand. London flooring experts warn that checking the timber’s moisture is of utmost importance as failing to do that may easily ruin a beautiful hardwood flooring. When you are installing wood-based floors, don’t forget to check to things – the actual moisture content of the product and the atmospheric conditions in the building (whether it is heated/ unheated/ underfloor heated /etc.)

Make sure you are following our advice and you won’t get in trouble when you are installing wood-based flooring solutions. If you get the two aforementioned things into balance you will save yourself a lot of hassle and unnecessary expenses in the future!

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