How to Prevent Wood Flooring Problems

May 30, 2012
Publication: Construction Specifier
Author(s): Milan Vatovec Jeffrey Langlois Philip Westover Janelle Leafblad

Use of new and historically untested wood flooring products is on the rise due to efforts to engage in sustainable construction. This is causing some designers, installers and end-users problems and uncertainty related to behavior of wood-based materials when exposed to varied environmental moisture conditions. Many new flooring installations develop shrinkage and swelling problems within the first year after installation; various combinations of cupping, buckling, gapping, and debonding from the substrate are common. Through comments on commonly referenced installation standards, the manufacturer's recommendations, and warranties, the reader can navigate through often contradicting requirements and recommendations.

Services: Materials Design