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  • Writer's pictureJason Kimmel

My new hardwood floors are buckling!

Buckling hardwood floors are a common complaint in the flooring industry. While there are many variables that can contribute to this problem, the main culprit is almost always poor installation. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the reasons why new hardwood floors may buckle, and how you can avoid this problem in your own home. There are several reasons why new hardwood floors may buckle after installation. The most common cause is improper acclimation of the wood. This means that the wood was not given enough time to adjust to the temperature and humidity level of the room before it was installed. As a result, the wood expands and contracts at a different rate than the subfloor, causing it to buckle or cup. Another common cause of buckling hardwood floors is incorrect nailing. If the nails are driven in too deep, they can cause the wood to split or crack. This can weaken the floor and make it more susceptible to buckling. Additionally, using nails that are too long can also lead to buckling, as they can pierce through the flooring and into the subfloor below. Finally, improper cleaning or maintenance of hardwood floors can also cause them to buckle. For example, using a steam mop on hardwood floors can introduce too much moisture into the boards, causing them to swell and buckle. In addition, using harsh chemicals or cleaners can damage the finish on hardwood floors, making them more susceptible to buckling over time. Conclusion: Buckling hardwood floors are a common problem, but one that is almost always avoidable with proper installation and care. If you're having problems with your hardwood floors buckling, contact a professional for an assessment. In most cases, the problem can be remedied with some simple repairs or adjustments. However, in some cases, you may need to replace your hardwood floors altogether. Thank you for reading!

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