Green Shoots Blog
With customers in locations such as Hawaii, Arizona, and beyond, a common question we get here at Cali Bamboo is how our flooring holds up in extreme climates. Because bamboo is a natural product, it will expand as it absorbs humidity and shrink as the air grows drier. The key to avoiding wood floor gaps and distortion, even in the most extreme climates, is to properly acclimate the flooring prior to installation.
Our dealer Nate McVay of Renew Bamboo has successfully installed dozens of Cali Bamboo floors in Reno, Nevada. Reno experiences all kinds of weather from dry, hot summers, to wet, snowy winters, and everything in between, but Nate has never had a problem with gaps and distortion because he acclimates all his flooring for at least two weeks before installation. Like we said, acclimation is essential to avoiding wood floor gapping, and ensuring that your flooring looks absolutely perfect!
We know you might be tempted to install your bamboo as soon as it arrives, but we cannot stress enough the importance of allowing it to acclimate to your climate so that your beautiful new flooring does not expand, shrink, or distort. We recommend acclimating your flooring for a bare minimum of 5 days, but locations with extremely low or high humidity can require 2 weeks or longer.