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Moisture Meter Testing

Photo of hand holding a moisture meter to piece of wood, with second moisture meter laying in foregroundIn the real world, the success of any project involving wood – from wood flooring to building inspection, from framing to fine furniture – depends on taking accurate readings of the wood’s moisture content.

Throughout the process, it’s very important for someone working with wood to know how wet or dry the material is.

If a mistake is made regarding the moisture content of wood used in a particular application – wood flooring, for example – then moisture-related problems such as warping, cupping, cracking, and shrinking can occur. The result can be very costly.

An accurate moisture meter is like insurance in that it provides peace of mind. Information about the moisture content of the wood helps minimize significant moisture-related problems.

For example, over-dried wood used for flooring may absorb more moisture to equalize with its environment, in which case it will expand and cause cupping in the floor. A moisture meter offers protection against many costly problems.

Naturally, the more accurate the meter, the better protection it offers. An inaccurate meter may be as bad as or worse than no meter at all.

To help you better determine which meters perform best and are most accurate in the real world, we ran the leading moisture meters through a series of rigorous tests.

Click below to learn more about each specific test procedure.