How To Prevent Hardwood Floors From Gapping In The Winter
There are a few different strategies you can use to help prevent this from happening, take a look at a few of them below:
Choose Engineered Floors
Because engineered hardwood floors only have a very thin amount of real hardwood on the top of the floorboard, they are less susceptible to shrink and expand with the moisture in the air, as the wood is not natural hardwood.
Opt For Narrower Boards
Narrower hardwood boards are less susceptible to gapping because they already have much less width than a wide board. Additionally, narrow hardwood has many more pieces, creating a busier appearance that disguises any minimal gapping that will occur during the winter months.
Reduce The Moisture Changes
Since the main reason that hardwood floors are forming gaps during the cold winter months is due to the moisture temperature in the home, caused by running the home’s heating system, the best way to fix this problem is to reduce the amount of seasonal moisture change. This means running a dehumidifier during the hot and humid summer months and adding some moisture back in with a humidifier during the winter months. If you are not a fan of humidifiers, you can add some moisture, and great scents, back into the air using an essential oil diffuser, though this method adds minimal moisture back into the air.