Question by Kelly R: Wood Floor “Cupping”?
My new wood floor is “cupping” according to a handyman who observed it at my home. The floor isn’t even a year old yet. I had an addition put on and the builder either installed it wrong or maybe something is wrong with the wood floor. It is oak flooring planks 3 3/4. It wasn’t cheap flooring and purchased through a reputable carpet flooring store.
What do I do? Will it uncup as the weather gets cold and the air dry’s out from heating, should I have the builder replace it? What a mess! Did the installer just fit the boards too tight. If I don’t do anything will it damage faster with the slightly raised edges?
I haven’t talked to the builder yet.
Thanks for your help!
It was done on a sub wood floor…not a slab. It was alos done in the winter so I think that maybe the flooring hadn’t warmed up enough and the temp in that room was in the 60’s. It is also cupping up down the long side length of the boards. Not on the ends. It is not hugely dramatic but still has a ripple look to it.
Answer by spongeworthy_us
Could they have gotten wet or is the humidity too high in your home?
Once the source of the moisture is controlled, cupping can usually be cured. The floor may improve on its own as it dries out over time. Other times, fans may be needed to speed the drying process. Once the moisture content has stabilized, the floor can be reassessed.
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