Avoiding the effects of Side-Bonding
Ever had unsightly and unexpected gaps or cracks and splits appear in wood flooring? If so, you are familiar with the nightmarish effects of Side-Bonding.
This problem occurs during the refinishing process when waterborne finishes and lacquers flow in between boards and glue the wood together. Due to the high durability and adhesion of modern floor finishes, this gluing-effect is often stronger than the wood fibres holding the boards together. As the wood naturally expands and contracts depending on the room climate and humidity, this causes huge stresses across entire sections of the floor until it finally cracks at the weakest point– usually right at the most visible point or in the middle of a walkway! Continue reading “Side-Bonding 101”