Hardwood flooring can be elegant, durable, and practical for many interior applications. Businesses use hardwood floors in their offices to create an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere while homeowners use it to create smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces that (when properly sealed) resist staining and look beautiful. However, what many business and homeowners alike don’t know about is how easily their beautiful hardwood floors can be ruined by moisture. Too much moisture can cause hardwood flooring to swell and cup. Meanwhile, too little moisture can cause the flooring to shrink and crack. But, what would a safe level of moisture in flooring be for hardwood? And, how can you accurately measure flooring moisture to be sure that your floors are safe?
Floor Moisture Meters
For concrete and cementitious screeds to receive a floor covering the base must be suitably “dry enough” to prevent damage to the flooring material and to ensure a proper bond with adhesives. Water is a vital component in the manufacture of concrete and the concrete must be kept moist during the critical curing phase to ensure the intended concrete strength. However excess moisture in the substrate is the most common cause of floor failures, costing billions annually and causing major disruption to home and business owners. Testing concrete and screeds for moisture is simple using our meters which provides a comprehensive overview and gives the flooring installer peace of mind.