Moisture and Wood Guidelines from the NWFA.
Wood is one of the oldest building materials known to man and has given us the opportunity to create things by hand
that no other building material can claim.
Discoveries from Ancient Egypt have unearthed wooden ships dating as early as 3000 B.C. Pagodas in Japan were built out of wood nearly 1,400 years ago, and still stand strong today in highly seismic, extremely wet environments.A 3,960 foot bridge built in 1850 above Taungthaman Lake is still strong and in use today. The world’s tallest
structure made entirely of wood (fasteners and all), is a church in Russia built in 1862, standing 123 feet tall.
Wood floors are one of the rare building products that inherently showcase the natural beauty of the material itself, which is indicative of why wood has been used as a flooring material for centuries. One of the keys to ensuring a wood floor’s timeless beauty is having a fundamental understanding of the relationship between moisture and wood.
Moisture is the term we use in this publication to denote any or all states of water: gas (water vapor or steam), liquid (water), and bound water (chemically bound within the wood cell walls).
The attached PDF (below) will explore the relationships between moisture and wood as related to the methods and procedures involved when using it as a flooring material.