MANASQUAN, N.J., June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The humidity in a home changes with the seasons and can affect wood floors, causing gaps that weren't visible a few months ago. SMART Carpet and Flooring, the original at-home flooring shopping experience in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, occasionally takes calls during the summer from homeowners concerned about new cracks or gaps in their wood floors. But, says SMART Carpet and Flooring President Brendan Phillips, most homeowners can rest easy if they take a few simple steps toward keeping floors in good condition all year.
"We expect wood to expand and contract in reaction to the heat and humidity--or lack thereof--inside a home," Phillips explained. "It's just what wood naturally does, even when it's installed on your floor. The seasonal changes are pretty small, but there are things homeowners can do to mitigate the effects."
Although seasonal wood flooring contraction and expansion is normal, SMART Carpet and Flooring recommends that homeowners focus on keeping a uniform level of humidity and temperature inside the house year-round for optimal wood condition over the life of the flooring. In the tri-state area, where summers generally tend to be warmer and more humid, homeowners can lower the humidity in the house--and the associated swelling in flooring as the wood absorbs moisture from the air--by running air conditioning or an inexpensive dehumidifier. In drier parts of the country, a simple humidifier can do the trick in the hot summer months.
With all that natural expansion, can't wood floors start buckling? Not when they're properly installed, says Phillips. SMART Carpet and Flooring installation professionals lay wood flooring according to industry standards, which allow just enough extra room for the floors to expand without warping and contract without leaving large gaps.
Homeowners who notice sudden and drastic changes in their wood flooring when the weather changes may need additional help. Extreme gapping, cracking, buckling and warping are not typical responses to seasonal heat and humidity, says SMART Carpet and Flooring, but even in those cases, the company's flooring professionals can restore floors to their original beauty. Tri-state homeowners who are unsure whether they're seeing normal seasonal fluctuation in their floors should call SMART Carpet and Flooring for assistance.
SMART Carpet and Flooring was the first mobile, at-home flooring shopping provider in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. The company's mobile showrooms are stocked with thousands of carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, and stone flooring options, which consumers can see and feel in the comfort of their own homes, against their own lighting and décor. SMART Carpet and Flooring provides full-service flooring services, from removing old flooring and installing new floors to offering in-house financing. Thanks to its mobile showrooms, the company has no costly warehousing or other typical overhead expenses, allowing customers to enjoy lower prices and more personalized service.
About SMART Carpet and Flooring
SMART Carpet and Flooring eliminates the hassle of buying new carpet and flooring by doing everything at the client's home, where color and quality selection matter most. Because the company is a mill-direct buying service and not a store, SMART Carpet and Flooring customers can save up to 50% off typical store prices. SMART Carpet and Flooring includes everything from measuring and layout to quality padding, installation and financing.
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