During the winter, even the most carefully installed wood floors tend to dry out and shrink. The floor behaves that way because of wood’s relationship with moisture in the air. Air with a low moisture content, or low relative humidity (RH), causes wood to lose moisture. When wood loses moisture, it shrinks. To control winter-related shrinkage of flooring and the gaps there are basically six options.
People can be surprisingly opinionated about which type of flooring they prefer. Some crave the comfort of a plush carpet, while others prefer the look of a shiny hardwood floor. As with many other things, folks seem to be sure of what they like to walk on.
When you’re shopping for new flooring, however, it’s important to consider every factor of your decision. Take vinyl flooring for instance. While many people think of it as a cheaper alternative to other types, some of our customers decide on vinyl for completely different reasons.
You don’t tend to think about your home’s flooring unless something goes wrong. Have you ever had a pet leave their business on the carpet, and even after using some sort of cleaner, that stain still bugged you? Or, perhaps, with a carpet, it faded in parts where the sun hit it daily, and/or got torn, worn or just plain outdated? It happens. Meanwhile, carpets tend to aggravate people’s allergies because they’re dust collectors.
New Floors Inc of Cape Cod recommends going with wood floors. They are attractive to the eye, long-lasting and definitely durable. Wood floors can literally last hundreds of years.