My solid hardwood flooring is bulging and lifting in the middle of the room.
In case you have installed solid hardwood floors and you’re finding that it is bulging and lifting in the middle of your area, you are not alone. Solid wood flooring that bulges and lifts in the middle of chambers is, unfortunately, a relatively common problem. More often than not, the origin of the issue lies with the first installation of the solid hardwood floors.
Wood, as you’re aware, is a completely natural product and as such contracts and expands with changes in atmospheric conditions. It is for this reason that solid wood floors need an expansion gap. If solid hardwood flooring are fitted with no expansion gap, problems, which could sometimes be severe, will likely arise.
Strong hardwood flooring takes in moisture whenever there is a high level of humidity in the air and the floor allows that moisture go when the humidity from the air reduces again. Low, or reducing humidity causes the wood to contract . This contraction and expansion procedure is entirely ordinary with solid hardwood floors .
At a domestic setting, particularly in centrally heated houses, floors expand and contract with the seasons. During winter months, when you change the central heating on, wooden floors eliminate moisture and will contract. The outcome is often slight gaps between the boards. The rising moisture in the air, which is absorbed by the ground, causes this.
While this happens, if any openings have emerged over the winter months, they will more than likely vanish. This natural process of expansion and contraction is not likely to pose any sort of distortion or damage to a solid hardwood flooring provided that it has been well fitted, with the required expansion gap.
If you’re experiencing issues with your floor bulging and lifting at the middle of your room, the chances are that the required expansion gap has not yet been allowed for during your flooring installation. To be able to illustrate, when a flooring expands and touches a wall or door frame (known in the trade as a”pinch point”), the boards come under stress, making them rise. This is more than likely the reason for lifting and bulging of your floorboards in the middle of your room.