Hardwood flooring is often preferred over carpet for its durability and ease of cleaning. After a few years, though, many homeowners find out that it isn’t quite as moisture resistant as they thought. Unfortunately, wood naturally soaks water, which can cause planks to expand, eventually leading them to warp and buckle.

However, not all hardwood flooring suffers from this limitation. A number of treatments (often applied during manufacturing) can help improve hardwood’s moisture resistance. The engineering process itself can also reduce moisture absorption. Here, we will take a quick look at moisture resistant options available with authentic hardwood flooring.

Sub-floor Protection

When hardwood planks absorb moisture, it can impact more than just your flooring. If water seeps into your home’s subfloor, it can promote mold and mildew growth. This can result in odors and degrade your home’s air quality. For hardwood, sub-floor protection is generally a matter of installation.

Fortunately, industry leaders have developed treatments designed to protect both the wood planks themselves and the subfloors. Here are a few of the top choices applied during manufacturing:

LusterLock Ultra: Although primarily designed to improve durability, LusterLock Ultra also offers some surface-level moisture protection. It’s also one of the safest treatments available for hard surface flooring. Just remember not to let spills sit longer than necessary.

Durashield Finish: Durashield is particularly geared towards preventing stains. Of course, moisture resistance is necessary to achieving this with hardwood. It’s also designed to maintain its shine without ever needing to be waxed.

ArmorMax: This treatment offers protection beyond the plank’s surface. It penetrates the wood’s fibers with fine grains of aluminum oxide, further protecting the flooring from spills and stains.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood floors were designed to offer an authentic choice that performs better than solid hardwood. It outperforms its traditional counterpart in nearly every measure, including durability, longevity and moisture resistance.

While the actual performance will vary for each selection, all engineered hardwood floors are built with a multi-layer design. This helps protect the core from moisture damage as long as spills aren’t left setting too long. It’s also less prone to expansion from exposure to moisture and humidity.

It’s still important to note that even treated engineered hardwood will not stand up to prolonged or excessive exposure to moisture. The length of time that a spill can be allowed to sit will depend on the the floor you choose. So, it’s important to check the documentation for proper care instructions.

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