Flooring for climate contol-less home


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Old 09-17-06, 10:19 AM
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Flooring for climate contol-less home

I am looking into laminate flooring options to replace carpet in my home, and just stumbled across the advice that laminate wood flooring is not a good option for homes without climate control (we've got it, but don't use it). This is the first time I've seen this mentioned - is climate control imperative for maximizing the lifespan of wood laminate?

Are other engineered floors suitable for my situation? I can't afford hardwood, but can't bear the carpets any longer...
 
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Bumping this up, hoping that someone might be able to offer some help...
 
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Anything made of wood or wood by-products are hydroscopic, Meaning they absorb moisture. If you never use your HVAC, not even in the winter, there must not be very much humidity and it doesn't get cold in the winter... I want to live there!!!


Humidity levels of over 60% for several days, and that floor is going to grow. Say, you have 32 rows of planks, and each plank grows a 1/64 of an inch in dimensions(Which is easily possible) You have how much total growth in the floor??? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A pretty constant humidity level and you will be OK.
 
 

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