Keeping your cabinets safe from moisture

Wood naturally adapts to the moisture in the air around it. When humidity rises, so does the water saturation of the wood. This explains how floorboards can expand in heated humid environments or why water rings can show up on a wood table.

If you have or are planning to invest in wooden cabinets, you'll want to make sure they remain in tip-top condition. Moisture and humidity can cause expansion in wooden cabinet doors or shelving, and excessive humidity may lead to damage. If you live in a particularly humid climate, the best way to keep your cabinets safe from moisture is simply indoor climate control. Also, keep cabinets free of any sort of heating source that could cause drastic temperature fluctuations.

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If you have or are planning to invest in wooden cabinets, you'll want to make sure they remain in tip-top condition. Moisture and humidity can cause expansion in wooden cabinet doors or shelving, and excessive humidity may lead to damage. If you live in a particularly humid climate, the best way to keep your cabinets safe from moisture is simply indoor climate control. Also, keep cabinets free of any sort of heating source that could cause drastic temperature fluctuations.

Wood species have different densities and each reacts to moisture in its own way. If you're having new custom kitchen cabinets installed, consider which type of wood might best fit your home environment. Also be sure to take wood and moisture levels into account in second homes, or any space that may go without regular climate control for a lengthy period of time.