If, for instance, flooring is stored in a house without climate control, the ends of the bundles exposed to ambient air will swell 1/32” – 1/16”. The floor, when laid, will have slight cracks where those ends will not match the ends of unexposed flooring. Storage in the garage prior to installation exacerbates this problem. Or if flooring at 8% moisture content is nailed to a subfloor at 18% moisture content, due to moisture from a crawl space, that floor will inevitably "cup." The wider the floor, the more sensitive it is to such moisture absorption.
Even when properly stored and laid, flooring will continue to move and change dimension slightly through the seasons, shrinking in winter and swelling somewhat in spring and summer. Houses without humidification in winter are especially prone to these changes. Wide light-colored floors like Maple and Ash will show noticeable season cracks in winter as a result. One way around this issue is to use rift & quartered flooring, which is much more dimensionally stable. In any event, careful and ongoing attention to the home conditions throughout the life of the floor is fundamental to long-term satisfaction with a solid wood floor.
We regard your purchase of our flooring as a relationship, not just a transaction. We want you to be happy with our products and we want it to perform well for you. Hardwoods of Nashville strives to offer top notch customer service. And we are happy to discuss our products with you to match practical reality with your vision for your home. If we doubt that something will work, we will say so. We would much rather lose a sale than have an unhappy customer.
This has been our philosophy for thousands of custom
floors. If it is one that appeals to you, we hope you and
your flooring professional will contact us to discuss solid
wood flooring for your home.