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How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors from Dry Winter Weather

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We’ve discussed the risks of too much humidity for hardwood floors, but what about too much dryness? Dry winter weather and overly dry interiors can affect the foundations of our homes — and our health — in many ways. Now here’s how to keep it from damaging your flooring (without having to turn off the heat).

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Don’t let the dry winter and wind into your home.

Make sure that all entries into your property are properly sealed. This means insulating old windows, and keeping up with your grouting and doorframe maintenance. If you have an attic or basement, you want to make sure it’s just as upkept as the rest of the house. When you’re blasting the heat at 0 degrees, poorly sealed door- and window-frames won’t just let in drafts and raise your heat costs — that weather will affect and possibly crack your custom color engineered hardwood flooring.

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Know your geography.

Where do you live, and how “moist” does it get there? Learning a little about your region can help you make better decisions about your home’s maintenance. Chicago hardwood floors and New York City hardwood floors demand extra care, for instance, because these are just naturally drier climates. Cold winters require more heat at home. And strong winds wick away the air’s regular, regulating moisture. You’ve made a great investment. Now you have to keep it safe.

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Decide — and keep up with — your optimal humidity levels.

Once you’ve done the research, we recommend visiting your Home Depot or consulting with a restoration company. Find the right humidifier (or dehumidifier!) to fit your needs.

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