Warning over moisture levels
To avoid damage to all types of flooring consumers are being warned to remember to test the subfloor for moisture before installing any floor.
If there is a risk of moisture from the subfloor damaging your flooring then a Damp Proof Membrane (also known as a DPM) will be an important flooring accessories investment.
Moisture in the atmosphere must also be tested by professional devices, which your floor fitter should do. This moisture level will come from a combination of the room temperature and humidity.
The way to prevent ambient moisture from causing swelling in your wooden floors is to acclimatize the product first by storing it in the room which it will be used in to allow the wood to adapt.
Taking the precaution of getting moisture levels checked by a professional means that you are less likely to get in to a problematic situation after installation.
Because natural hardwood flooring consists entirely of timber it is prone to swelling or contracting depending on atmospheric moisture levels.
To prevent this it is wise to manage moisture levels and take the advice and recommendations of a professional because solid wood flooring can expand causing unsightly lumps or contract and leave gaps in the floor.