Cracks & Separations Happen to All Hardwood Floors
Every hardwood floor endures some separation between boards. In the winter months when the home is heated and the air is dry, wood flooring releases some of its moisture and therefore shrinks. When this happens thin cracks appear between boards. This is normal and is acceptable. Hardwood flooring is designed and installed to handle this type of movement.
Homeowners should not call their hardwood installers at the first sign of cracks. Cracks that developed during the winter months may easily reach the thickness of a dime or a quarter. Lighter colored flooring material such as maple or floors with a lighter stain tend to show cracks and separation more than darker wood tones and stain colors.
How to Help Prevent Cracks and Separations in your Hardwood Floor
Homeowners should add moisture to the air during dry periods. It is the homeowner’s choice and responsibility to maintain humidity levels. Homeowners can either live with the cracks and separation or install a whole home humidification system to minimize this natural adjustment in their flooring.