Have you ever thought of introducing your flooring to it’s new home?
Yes, that’s what we said: introduce your floors to your house! This process, formerly called wood acclimation, is something that can extend the life of your new floors. Hardwood floors, whether solid or reengineered, should go through a process where they are allowed to sit in their new home for a few days to a few weeks. According to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), wood floor acclimation is “the process of adjusting (conditioning) the moisture content of wood flooring to the environment in which it is expected to perform”.
In most cases, acclimation can be achieved in less than two weeks although sometimes it can take longer. It really has less to do with the amount of time you should let the flooring sit to acclimate to the job site and more to do with monitoring the moisture content of the flooring. Wood flooring will always perform best when the environment is controlled and remains within a relative humidity range of 30-50%. Temperature should also be maintained within a range of 60-80 degrees Farenheit.
When wood is not properly acclimated, a number of problems can surface (no pun intended). Here are five of the top problems:
- Warped / Sagging Floorboards
- Split / Cracked Wood
- Gaps in Planks
- Cupped Floors
Never fear, we are here! We can help you through this process. We will not ask you to determine the density of wood as a function of specific gravity and moisture content. Instead, we will take care of that for you! Stop by to discuss your hardwood flooring project and let our design experts craft a plan to give your home the perfect look and allow you to rest easy knowing your floors have been properly acclimated!