Winter brings with it challenges that aren't purely seasonal in nature. The holiday season, for example, comes with a heavy increase in foot traffic around the house as people spend a lot of time indoors. This double effect can combine to do some real damage to your beautiful hardwood floors if you aren't prepared. Let's take a quick look at how the changing season can harm your flooring and how you can prevent this from happening.
Gap formation - The air that your air-conditioning systems will be circulating throughout your home in the winter season is much drier than the type of air that circulates during
the summer months. The effect this has on wood is that it causes it to slightly lose its moisture content, leading to the creation of small gaps where planks meet. You shouldn't worry too much
about this, as it's to be expected. Once temperatures warm up, they will absorb a bit of moisture and return to normal.
Scratches and scrapes - Mud, salt, dead leaves, dirt, and snow can all combine to create unsightly scratches and scrapes on your floors once they are unintentionally brought into the house on the bottoms of boots and shoes.
Rotting - If left to lie untouched for long enough, some of these winter elements can make their way into your flooring, causing the wood to rot. This is to be avoided at all costs, as serious cases might make it necessary to seek professional services to repair.