Winter is a challenging time to take care of your floors.
The salt, snow, and mud all seem to get dragged inside! Plus, have you noticed your wood floors gapping?
Here are three flooring issues to look out for this winter.
1. Wood floor gaps
Gaps can happen during the winter as your wood floors react to humidity and temperature changes.
While it's not the worst thing, it can be annoying or unsightly.
This website said, "The winter can influence the general condition of your floor which doesn’t look that attractive. It also makes it more difficult for you to keep the floor clean, as dirt can accumulate in those gaps. Moreover, what may annoy you is the squeaking sound of the boards which move, rubbing against each other."
Paying attention to temperature and humidity in your house can help minimize the gapping.
2. Wood floor cupping
Temperature and humidity changes can also cause cupping in your wood floors. This is when you notice the middle of the boards sinking down.
Those aren't the only potential causes, however. Wagner Meters said, "Other causes of cupping could include situations such as basement plumbing leaks that allow moisture to migrate up into the subfloor and into the wood flooring or the heat from a wood stove that drys out the air in the environment."
If you notice cupping and you're concerned about why it's happening, call in a professional to assess your house.
3. General damage
The outside getting dragged in can wreak havoc on your wood floors.
One flooring company website said, "When the weather outside is frightful, people will bring snow and other snow-melting materials inside with them. These can cause several problems including dried salt, unsightly white residue, and the potential to damage and scratch hardwood surfaces and finishes."
This is a great excuse to go out and get some fun floor mats. Functional and stylish!