Have you ever wondered what the best season for Toronto hardwood floor installation is?
Most home projects have an ideal time of year associated with them due to cost, convenience or more. Read on to find out what benefits a cold-weather flooring installation may offer you.
Humidity will affect your hardwood flooring in Toronto summers
Many people are aware that a quirk of wood is its ability to absorb moisture out of the air. If you’re not familiar with this issue, picture the real wood planks that will be installed in your home as hard sponges. They expand in moist, hot environments and shrink again when it gets cold and dry.The small vessels in treesact like channels to carry watervertically up the trunk from the ground. The wood will continue to do what it was designed to do, long after it’s cut into boards. Dramatic fluctuations can be hard on your flooring as the boards may warp or crack over time and this is why you’ll be advised to keep extreme moisture and standing water off the floor, and to install in dry weather. That often means fall or winter. Flooring can be installed in the Summer, but a few problems may occur:
- Dampness left under the floorboards which can trigger mildew or mold
- Damp subflooring may lead to eventual warping of the boards as they expand on their undersides
- Boards which expand and buckle shortly after being installed in a room
- Boards which align well at the time of installation but shrink to reveal unsightly gaps later
There are a few interventions which will help you avoid these pitfalls:
Check the subfloor for moisture first. Use a sheet of plastic duct taped onto the floor to seal it as well as you can. Check the underside of the plastic after a week and look for beads of moisture. If condensation is seen on the underside of the plastic, installation may need to wait several weeks and measures such as dehumidifiers in the room may be required. You should acclimate your hardwood. If boards have been shipped from a cool dry place, to your hot, summer home, you need to either remove them from boxes and lay them out, or open boxes and let air circulate through for 7-10 days. This may help you avoid the problem of buckling after installation. If boards fit snugly together in dry, cold weather, they could then crack or warp when the humidity returns to the air. This is why professional, experienced hardwood floor installation is highly recommended. There is an art to laying this traditional, natural material. Small gaps between boards which are precisely big enough to allow for a little expansion, will be factored in with your Winter installation.
Availability of Help
Is Winter More Convenient?
Typically, more people are available to work in the Winter months as opposed to summer when they take vacations. Aside from winter holidays, more workers will be available to do your job and give you competitive pricing. A lot of people think so. This has to do with the way we use our homes. Typically, those who open their homes to guests and have children home from school during the Summer will not want the potential noise and mess of floor installation during that time. Also, many people who plan to be away for stretches of time during the warm months want to be home when work is being done. For these reasons, winter installation is typically best because of convenience to you and ideal conditions for the floor.