How To: Prepare for Wood Flooring Installation
Believe it or not, your up front planning is just as important as the installation when it comes to hardwood flooring
1. Order Materials 1-2 weeks before installation: Hardwood flooring needs time to acclimate to your home environment before installation. Depending on where the flooring was harvested and manufactured, and how different that climate is from your climate, this could take as long as 2 weeks. By allowing the product to acclimate properly, it will be at the same humidity and temperature as your home. When seasons change and these factors fluctuate, your new flooring will expand and contract with your home as it should. If you don’t give the flooring time to adjust, you could see major shrinking immediately after installation, resulting in unsightly gaps.
2. Remove Existing Carpeting: If possible, remove carpeting and allow the new wood to sit directly on the subfloor. This will allow both products to get more even humidity and temperature levels.
3. Give the Wood Room to Breathe: When you stack your wood bundles, try to leave room for air to circulate around and through the material. The more air contact the better. If you leave the wood tightly stacked, the middle bundles may not acclimate properly.
4. If In Doubt, Test Humidity: If you have access to a tool capable of measuring humidity in products, you can test the new wood and compare it to the sub floor and any existing wood in your house. If you can’t do this, then just stick to rule #1 and give the wood a full 2 weeks to get used to its new environment.
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