National Floors Direct knows beautiful the snowy months can be but also how the frosty temperatures can wreak havoc on hardwood flooring. Water can cause wood floors to swell; if it gets into the wrong places, it can also cause mold growth that can devastate the home's structure and cause health problems for its occupants. What's more, salt and other materials used to melt snow outdoors are abrasive in nature and can scratch hardwood flooring if one does not take proper precautions.
National Floors Direct offers timely advice to help homeowners keep their floors looking good during winter and beyond.
One of the best ways to prevent hardwood flooring damage during winter is to remove shows immediately after entering the home. A handy shoe rack near the front and back entrances can make this task more convenient than it would be otherwise; additionally, placing a heavy mat at the home entrances and putting a mat under the shoe rack can prevent water from dripping onto the floors. Even so, water, salt particles, and other ice-melting materials can get on the floors while shoes are being changed. It's wise to gently pat the wet floor dry to remove moisture that could damage the wood without dragging abrasive materials across the wood; once the floor is dry, it should be vacuumed to remove unwanted particles.
"Gapping" is normal during the cold winter months, National Floors Direct states. The heat inside the home will dry out the wood, and the wood will release moisture and shrink. The gaps and cracks that form between hardwood planks may be unsightly, but one does not need to take immediate measures to try to eliminate these, as the wood will swell on its own when spring comes along. Even so, the flooring giant notes that cracks and splits may form in the wood if the home is overheated. To this end, it is wise to keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature to prevent flooring damage caused by excessively dry air. Alternatively, one can invest in a humidifier to put some moisture back into the air.
National Floors Direct has long offered flooring in various materials, including hardwood, laminate, carpet, ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, and luxury vinyl tiles, and with reviews that give them high ratings for its top-tier products and services. The company notes that hardwood has a natural beauty that is hard to match, can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, and adds value to the home; however, it can also be easily ruined during the cold winter months if precautions are not taken to keep the floors dry and clean. To this end, the company highly recommends that those who live in cold winter climates assess their current home situation to determine if hardwood flooring continues to be the best option for them personally or if another flooring material would be just as beautiful yet convenient and easy to care for in cold, wet weather.