Wood Flooring Newsletter – April 2015
Why are floors like onions? Because they have layers!
Whether it’s solid wood or engineered flooring, this top wear layer is typically installed above either a wood subfloor, plywood or OSB, or a concrete slab. Each layer, however, is susceptible to moisture and must be checked, independently, to ensure a quality installation. See the articles below for overcome complications at each layer.
Part of what makes wood so appealing, its natural structure and abundant supply, is also what makes it open to some common problems. These problems are all connected to the relationship between wood and moisture.
Ever considered vinyl or rubber flooring? The real problem for vinyl and rubber flooring is often in the subfloor, or in giving moisture access to the subfloor. Moisture can impact the flooring in two locations…
If that initial water isn’t given time to leave the slab, it will cause damage that ranges from roof system to floor adhesive failures to environmental health hazards through mold and mildew growth. Moisture cannot be ignored in any construction project..
The WFP400 Professional Flooring Installer Package provides everything you need for accurate moisture testing on concrete or wood floors, with relative readings available for other building materials.
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