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One of the most common mistakes people make when installing a new floor actually occurs before a single plank is ever laid down. If not done properly, your beautiful new floors can expand, shrink or distort — causing structural damage. To keep this from happening, you should always acclimate a new hardwood floor before installation to ensure optimum stability. Here’s how…

The first step is to ensure your home’s temperature and humidity are controlled, and set to typical ambient living conditions. This includes making sure air conditioning or heating are at their usual settings.
Next, carefully remove the flooring from the boxes and “sticker-stack” the planks. This allows air to flow between the floor boards.

The last step is to wait until the flooring has reached an equilibrium with the home’s environment. Equilibrium has been reached when the floor’s moisture content no longer increases or decreses. We’ve seen this occur as fast as 5 days, but in extremely dry or humid environments, this usually takes 10 to 14 days or longer.

Remember Cali Bamboo Fossilized® floors are extremely dense and off-the-charts hard, so it’s worth the wait to acclimate.

Review more pre-installation hardwood flooring tips to ensure your installation gets off to a smooth start.

Flooring Acclimation Stack Gallery

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