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How To Acclimate Hardwood Flooring

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 adjusted to room temperature and humidity. This typically takes at least 72 hours, but extended acclimation times are recommended in regions with high or low levels of moisture. Your floor is ready for installation when the moisture content between the floor and the subfloor is within 3%.

Once your floor has been acclimated you are ready for the next step in the installation process!


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