Flooring glued to concrete buckling

Q: We have recently had a solid oak floor laid in our living/dining area. The floor consists of oak planks (160mm x 20mm) glued directly onto concrete subfloor. Unfortunately the floor has buckled severely in couple of areas.

Click here to read this Q&A

Wood delivered, house freezing

Q: I just bought the house yesterday and had the wood delivered right after the closing, oak, 3.25″. Somehow I haven’t activated my account with the gas company, so the heat has been off just right after wood was brought into the house.

Click here to read this Q&A

Floor slowly cupped

Q: Dear Woodfloor Guy, Due to severe damage in my house, I recently had new oak floors installed on the second floor of my home I live in a hi-ranch in NY. My problem is since the installation 5 months ago I have had many large sections or areas of the second floor that have cupped.

Click here to read this Q&A

Plumbing leaks and buckling floors

Q: We just moved in our house 8 weeks ago and have already had 2 plumbing leaks which have resulted in buckling our brand new solid hardwood floors. I have talked to my installer of the floors and he said it would take 3 to 4 months to completely dry out and with time they would go down.

Click here to read this Q&A

Gaps in wood floor over the winter

A: We moved into our new house last fall. Over the winter our floors started gapping. I contacted the home builder and he talked with the flooring guys and they said it was due to low humidity in the home. I installed a humidifier but by then the cold weather was almost over. I also bought a humidity gauge and it reads over 40% most of the time.

Click here to read this Q&A

Relative humidity for a house

Q: What is the recommended relative humidity for a house in mixed climate (heat & air condition)? The house is equipped with a humidifier to regulate the RH during the heating season.

Click here to read this Q&A

Buckled wood floors and humidity

Q: I laid a oak tongue and groove floor in winter on two layers of plywood. The humidity in the rooms was a bit low but last summer, when the humidity increased the flooring buckled up. Can this be because I didn’t leave enough gaps in-between the plywood sheeting underneath.

Click here to read this Q&A