Q: We have lived in our home for one year. When we moved in we had our red oak hardwood floors refinished. We also had our crawlspace treated so that it is clean and dry. Now, over the past 3 months of summer, an irregularly shaped area of flooring has become bowed, starting with a couple of feet and spreading to become about 20 sq ft. The area is in front of the refrigerator and extends into our pantry, which is beside the refrigerator, separated by a small drywall. Continue reading Bowed flooring in front of refrigerator
Q: We have cupping from a recent leak. We had our red oak floors refinished a few months ago. Unfortunately, we recently had a water heater leak on to our floors and several boards now have cupping. The floors had water on them for an hour or two and we dried them with towels and fans. Below the floor is a conditioned crawl (temp is about 64 degrees and humidity around 55%). Continue reading Will floor cupping go away on it’s own?
Q: Can previously wet underlayment cause cupping in newly installed wood flooring? Continue reading Can previously wet underlayment cause cupping?
Q: I have a wood floor that has been cupping since installation. The installer argues that we have moisture issues and we do show high moisture ratings. However, when we take up the baseboards the wood floors have been installed up to or within 1/8 inch of the drywall. I know wood needs space to expand but I am unsure as to what size expansion gap for hardwood flooring is appropriate. Continue reading Can cupping be caused by too small an expansion gap?
Q: We installed a hardwood floor with professional installers (sanded and finished) over a large span of time, the first of May. The wood was in the house for five weeks before being installed. The customer called the second week of August to say the floor was cupping. Upon inspection the centre of the area is cupping but perimeter is not. Continue reading Cupping caused by off/on air conditioner?
Q: I have recently laid a oak floor in my living room and dining room. The floor has started to lift. Is hardwood floor lifting up common and does it settle down after a while? Continue reading Oak wood floor is lifting
Q: We put in a hard wood floor this February, 2008. Our room is 24 x 27. It has been really humid this past week and we have two places that are cupping. How can we fix this without tearing out the floor and starting over? Continue reading Cupping from humidity
Q: I had hardwood floors installed last spring. We noticed within a few weeks that the seams were rising, creating a wavy effect. Our flooring contractor advise us that this fall when we begin to use the heat it will correct itself. Continue reading Seams rising, creating a wavy effect
Q: You were kind enough to give your opinion on our floors last fall. Now we’ve given it several months, with a dehumidifier running non-stop in the crawl space. The floors have gone down some, but there is still a noticeable cup. Continue reading After having the dehumidifier running non-stop in the crawl space
Q: We are building a new home. It is pier and beam construction. Our cherry floors were installed in Nov. and then covered with cardboard to protect them until finishing them, last month. Uncovering revealed severe cupping and the wood was above 10% moisture and could not be finished. Continue reading Severe cupping