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Flooring Acclimation

It’s worth the wait to acclimate.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same can be said for acclimating new flooring. Acclimating your floor is like purchasing insurance against possible problems down the road.

Do I have to acclimate all flooring?

Any flooring that contains a natural wood product like bamboo, hardwood, or cork can respond to natural temperature and humidity changes in the home environment by expanding or contracting. This is why it’s important to maintain proper expansion space when installing, and why acclimation is a crucial pre-installation step. The longer you can leave planks out to acclimate to their new environment the less chance there is of bigger, more expensive problems later on. Here’s a rundown of various flooring types, whether they require acclimation, for how long, and how to do it.

Acclimation by Floor Type

Solid Fossilized Bamboo and Eucalyptus

General Rule: 5 days (10+ days for extremely humid/dry regions)
Due to Fossilized flooring’s extreme density, it requires the longest acclimation of the bunch. You’ll want to acclimate planks for a minimum of 5 days in the room where you plan to install the flooring. If you live in an especially dry or humid region, we recommend 10 days or longer.

Solid Hardwood Flooring Acclimation Steps:

  1. Place several 2x4s or a wooden pallet on the subfloor in the room where you plan to install the flooring.
  2. Remove planks from their boxes and sticker-stack them on the pallet in alternating directions with one layer going horizontally and the next layer going vertically (think of a hashtag). Continue until the stack reaches 3-4 feet high.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 if you have additional flooring.
  4. Maintain your home’s climate settings in a normal, comfortable state, and allow the flooring to sit for 5 days or longer if desired.

Tips Solid Hardwood Flooring Acclimation:

  • Remove existing flooring and prep your subfloor for installation beforehand.
  • Plan your installation direction in advance, and place your acclimation stack on the opposite side of the room from where you want to begin laying planks.
  • Pull planks from several different boxes at a time while building your stack. This will keep your plank colors naturally varied.

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

General Rule: 3 days
Due to engineered flooring’s layered construction, it has a shorter acclimation wait time than solid wood. You’ll want to let engineered planks acclimate for a minimum of 3 days in the room where you plan to install the flooring.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Acclimation Steps:

  1. Place the flooring cartons in the area where you plan to install.
  2. Cut open the ends of the cartons on both sides. Open up any plastic wrap that may be around the planks.
  3. Maintain your home’s climate settings in a normal, comfortable state, and allow the flooring to sit for 3 days.

Tips for Engineered Hardwood Acclimation:

  • Remove existing flooring and prep your subfloor for installation beforehand.
  • Plan your installation direction in advance, and place your acclimation stack on the opposite side of the room from where you want to begin laying planks.

GeoWood Waterproof SPC Core Hardwood Flooring

General Rule: 1 day
Because GeoWood flooring contains less actual hardwood, it requires very little acclimation. Plan to acclimate for at least 1 day in the area where you plan to install the flooring.

GeoWood Flooring Acclimation Steps:

  1. Place the flooring cartons in the area where you plan to install.
  2. Cut open the ends of the cartons on both sides. Open up any plastic wrap that may be around the planks.
  3. Maintain your home’s climate settings in a normal, comfortable state, and allow the flooring to sit for 1 day.

Tips for GeoWood Hardwood Acclimation:

  • Remove existing flooring and prep your subfloor for installation beforehand.
  • Plan your installation direction in advance, and place your acclimation stack on the opposite side of the room from where you want to begin laying planks.

Cali Vinyl Plus Waterproof BPC Core Vinyl Plank Flooring

General Rule: 1-2 days
Because Cali Vinyl Plus contains less wood material, it requires very little acclimation. Plan to acclimate for 1-2 days in the area where you plan to install the flooring.

Cali Vinyl Plus Acclimation Steps:

  1. Place the flooring cartons in the area where you plan to install.
  2. Cut open the ends of the cartons on both sides. Open up any plastic wrap that may be around the planks.
  3. Maintain your home’s climate settings in a normal, comfortable state, and allow the flooring to sit for 1-2 days.

Tips for Cali Vinyl Plus Acclimation:

  • Remove existing flooring and prep your subfloor for installation beforehand.
  • Plan your installation direction in advance, and place your acclimation stack on the opposite side of the room from where you want to begin laying planks.

Cali Vinyl Pro Waterproof SPC Core Vinyl Plank Flooring

General Rule: No Acclimation Needed
Cali Vinyl Pro contains no wood material and therefore requires zero acclimation. Simply open flooring cartons and start installing planks over a clean, flat, dry subfloor.

Cali Cork Flooring

General Rule: 2-3 days
Cali Cork flooring features a very dimensionally stable construction and therefore requires minimal acclimation. Acclimate planks for at least 2-3 days in the area where you plan to install the flooring.

Cali Cork Acclimation Steps:

  1. Place the flooring cartons in the area where you plan to install.
  2. Cut open the ends of the cartons on both sides. Open up any plastic wrap that may be around the planks.
  3. Maintain your home’s climate settings in a normal, comfortable state, and allow the flooring to sit for 2-3 days.

Tips for Cali Cork Acclimation:

  • Remove existing flooring and prep your subfloor for installation beforehand.
  • Plan your installation direction in advance, and place your acclimation stack on the opposite side of the room from where you want to begin laying planks.
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