Moisture Matters Blog

The Difference Between Wood & Concrete Flooring Moisture Meters

Moisture is a constant concern for contractors installing any kind of flooring system. However, because of the basic differences between wood and concrete, there are some differences between the moisture meters for wood and concrete flooring. Read More

Why Flooring Installers and Inspectors Use Moisture Meters for Wood

When installing wood flooring, moisture is a constant concern. This is because wood is a hygroscopic material—it will gain or lose moisture until it reaches equilibrium with the surrounding air’s humidity and temperature. Read More

Preventing Floor Cracking from High Moisture Content

Floor cracking can be a nightmare for any contractor—whether it happens partway through a job, within a few days or weeks after its end. If your newly-installed floors start to split and crack, it surely always results in unhappy customers, callbacks, and unreimbursed ... Read More

Using Flooring Moisture Meters to Protect Hardwood Floors

When you’re installing hardwood floors as part of a DIY home renovation project, odds are you want to make sure that the hardwood you’re using is protected. After all, hardwood is a beautiful flooring material, and the highest-quality wood floors can be very expensive. Read More

4 Tips for Measuring Humidity in Hardwood Floors

Recently, we made a post about how to measure moisture in wood for DIY enthusiasts. Today, let’s dig a little deeper into the practice with a few tips that DIY enthusiasts can use for measuring humidity in hardwood floors. Read More

Ideal Jobs for Pinless Moisture Meters

Pinless moisture meters are a valuable tool for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. With these meters, you can quickly take moisture readings in various building materials without leaving pinholes from pin-type meters. Read More

Measuring Relative Humidity for Wood Flooring Installers

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Effects of the Cold on Flooring Moisture Meter Readings for DIY-ers

While flooring professionals are used to adjusting for material temperature when taking a reading, do-it-yourself enthusiasts might not be as familiar with the effect of low temperatures on flooring moisture meter readings, which can throw off their reading results. Read More

Moisture Acclimation of Wood in Different Parts of the Country

As most of us know, wood is an environmentally vulnerable material; it can expand and contract dependent on the environmental conditions, indoors and outdoors. Wood is a hygroscopic material which means that it attracts and holds moisture from its environment changing, ... Read More

How to Check Lumber Acclimation with Moisture Meters

If you’re in the process of a hardwood floor installation or a simple wood trim and casework, then you’re likely already aware of the importance of letting the wood product get adjusted to the environment before you begin anything. You see, wood is a complex, ... Read More