Solid wood repairs

A living material

Avoid curves and twists

Being a natural material, solid wood absorbs and releases moisture in response to changes in temperature, humidity and other external influences sush as seasons, storage location, steam from dishwasher, harsh heat, burning stove, pots, strong sunlight, newly cast floors, newly plastered walls etc.

In case the solid wood countertop is not sufficiently saturated with moisture in the form of oil, you may experience that the countertop either shrinks or expands which is seen as curvatures and twists.

Advice in the changing weather: 

Depending on the species and dimensions, wood generally manages to adjust itself to its surroundings after a while. HORN recommends that you take account of fluctations in humidity, which in homes should be between 30-60%.

There is a relatively large difference in the level between the summer (60-65%) and the winter months (<40%), which is partly due to the fact that in the winter months we turn on heat from radiators, firplaces etc., which increases the risk of experience curvatures and twists. 

What happens if…?

As a general rule the countertop expands at a humidity above 55% and contracts when the humidity is below 45%. If there is uneven moisture on the front and back, the countertop will curve. If the countertop is exposed to higher moisutre on the upper side than on the lower side, the plate will expand on the upper side and thus curve upwards – And vice versa if the upper side recieves less moisture than the lower side.

How to avoid curving and twisting?

Your HORN solid wood countertop has undergone one of the market’s most thorough oiling processes. The countertop is exposed to large temperature fluctations during transport, which require consideration – especially during reception and storage before installation. Upon arrival the countertop must always acclimitise for a minimum of 24 hours, horizontally in the packaging in the room where they are to be installed (applicable regulations for this will always be stated on the packaging of the countertop). The countertop must be seperated by joists between the floor and each board, and the room must have a humidity of the aforementioned 45-55% and a temperature of between 18 and 20 degrees. If the countertops are stored differently before installing the risk of curvature and twisting increases.

Curves and twists

If the damage has occured...

If the countertop is curved, the humidity in the countertop must be corrected by oiling the side with too low humidity. This process is based on our oiling guide. In practice, the countertops may need to be removed. The screwa should be loosened to allow the countertop to move freely. Oil the wood thoroughly and repeat at 1 day intervals until the boards have straightened up. The countertops are then reinstalled according to applicable regulations.


Repair of damage

Most damage to solid wood can be repaired.

If the countertop is sufficiently oiled, most stains and micro-scratches can be sanded away. If the boards is not sufficiently oiled, stains will penetrate the wood and this requires professional sanding. The rods can also be changed if a crach occurs.

Be aware that if a dark oil finish is chosen, it can be more difficult to repair, as it requires sanding the entire countertop to ensure that a the new oil finish looks good again.

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