Three things you can depend on are, Death, Taxes and Cracks between the boards on your solid wood floors. Solid wood floors expand and contract with change in moisture content. In the winter with heat being turned up for warmth, the moisture level in the house will decrease. Humidifiers do not always keep up the moisture content in the hardwood flooring. The wood flooring boards will shrink away from each other causing cracks in the finish. The flooring will then expand tight when the moisture returns to the wood flooring.
If you are considering having your wood floors sanded and refinished with a low VOC OMU, it is recommended to wait until the wood flooring is tightly expanded. OMU’s with low VOC have high viscosities and do not dry completely when applied. Finish will fill into the cracks between each board and will not dry completely. When the flooring expands tightly together again, it will force the undried finish up and cause poly balls. These are an eyesore to your beautiful hardwood floors. Therefore, waiting to redo the floors with a low VOC OMU should be considered.
Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.