Warning Over Levels of Moisture
Experts are warning consumers of all types of flooring about the dangers of moisture levels on subfloors. Experts say that regardless of the type of flooring that is about to be installed (though moisture of any kind can be very damaging to wooden floors, often resulting in the necessity for complete wood floor restoration or even all out replacement) the subfloor should be tested for its level of moisture in order to make absolutely certain that there is no danger. Ideally, a professional floor fitter should use equally professional devices to test the subfloor for moisture, which is caused by a mixture of both the temperature and the humidity level of the room the flooring is in. If there is a problem, this is where the flooring accessory known as a Damp Proof Membrane (also referred to sometimes as just DMP) comes in handy.
In order to prevent ambient moisture from damaging wooden floors – often causing swelling – the product should be made to acclimatise to the environment of the room by being stored in it prior to being installed. This allows the wood time to adapt to the atmosphere.
Using a professional to check the level of moisture in the subfloor prior to the installation of the primary flooring is a good idea in order to prevent problems from occurring later on. Natural hardwood flooring, which consists entirely of timber, is particularly susceptible to contracting or swelling caused by atmospheric moisture levels.