When a client requests beautiful 10” White Oak flooring for a New York City apartment, it gives us pause. Temperature and humidity fluctuations can cause havoc to wide floors, given the difficult microclimates in New York City buildings. Cupping, warping, or checking can happen. However, when proper construction methods are utilized and the floor is installed properly, very wide wood floors can succeed.
The builder of this Flatiron apartment covered all the bases. They chose Virtu 3- layer White Oak, the most stable flooring construction available. Next, they installed a reliable HVAC system early in the construction schedule, particularly for the dry winter and humid summer conditions. When construction dust prevented the builder from using the HVAC system, they brought in temporary units to maintain a constant humidity to minimize floor and other woodwork movement. The result - an elegant floor that maintains its flatness and tight joints season after season.
When it’s done right, you can have the finest wood floors without the problems.