How to acclimate your hardwood flooring before installation

How to acclimate your hardwood flooring before installation

When it comes to installing hardwood flooring, acclimation is a critical step that shouldn't be overlooked. Acclimating your hardwood flooring involves allowing the wood to adjust to the ambient conditions of your home, minimizing the risks of warping, shrinking, or expanding post-installation. Here, we walk you through the essential steps on how to properly acclimate your hardwood floors before installation, ensuring a smooth and lasting fit.

Setting the optimal environment

Before bringing in the hardwood planks, preparing the environment in your home is vital. Ensure that all wet work, like painting or plastering, is completed and thoroughly dried. Maintain a steady indoor temperature between 60-80°F and a humidity level of 35-55% to create an optimal setting for the flooring to adapt.

Timing the acclimation process

Timing is key when it comes to acclimating your hardwood floors. Typically, it is recommended to let the wood acclimate for a week, although the exact time can vary based on the type of wood and the conditions of your location. Consult with your flooring supplier to get precise guidance on the duration of your specific hardwood flooring.

Arranging the planks effectively

When you are ready to start the acclimation process, remove the hardwood flooring planks from their packaging to allow for even exposure. Arrange the planks in a manner where they are spaced out evenly, ideally stacking them with stickers (small wooden spacers) between layers to permit air circulation around each plank. This method facilitates uniform adjustment to the ambient humidity and temperature levels.

Monitoring the conditions

During the acclimation period, it's advisable to monitor the conditions regularly using a hygrometer to keep track of the humidity levels. This tool helps in ensuring that the environment remains stable, which is crucial for the acclimation process.

Seeking professional advice

Lastly, don't hesitate to seek professional advice if you are unsure about any step in the acclimation process. Expert guidance can help avoid costly mistakes and ensure the longevity of your solid or engineered wood flooring.

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Acclimating your hardwood flooring is an essential pre-installation step that guarantees the durability and aesthetic appeal of your flooring. By following these guidelines, you can look forward to enjoying a beautiful and trouble-free hardwood floor that stands the test of time.

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