Acclimation is a crucial step in hardwood flooring installation that should never be overlooked. It allows the wood to adapt to the temperature and humidity of its new environment, ensuring a stable and long-lasting floor. In this blog post, we'll delve into the significance of acclimation and its impact on the performance and durability of hardwood floors.

Why acclimation matters 

Acclimation is necessary because hardwood flooring is often stored in controlled environments that differ from the installation area. By allowing the wood to adjust, it minimizes the risk of issues like cupping, warping, or buckling.

The acclimation process 

The acclimation process involves bringing the flooring into the installation area and leaving it there for a specific duration. Follow these steps:

  1. Timing: Acclimate hardwood flooring for at least 48 to 72 hours, following manufacturer guidelines.
  2. Packaging removal: Keep the flooring packaged during acclimation to protect it. Unbox it only during installation.

Factors affecting acclimation 

Consider these factors for effective acclimation:

  1. Humidity levels: Ensure the installation area's relative humidity falls within the manufacturer's recommended range.
  2. Subfloor conditions: Prepare the subfloor by ensuring it is dry, clean, and leveled.

Benefits of acclimation 

Acclimation provides various benefits, including:

  1. Stability: Acclimated wood is less susceptible to expansion or contraction, maintaining the floor's structural integrity.
  2. Longevity: Proper acclimation enhances the performance and durability of hardwood floors, minimizing future problems.

Contact us for your hardwood flooring needs

Never underestimate the importance of acclimation in hardwood flooring installation. By allowing the wood to adapt to its new environment, you ensure a stable and long-lasting floor. For accurate acclimation guidelines, consult with a professional installer or the manufacturer. Remember, proper acclimation sets the stage for a successful installation, preserving the beauty and longevity of your solid or engineered wood flooring.

Contact KC Floorworx for professional hardwood flooring installation and expert advice. We are committed to delivering exceptional quality and service. Our showroom in Independence, MO, serves people in and around Independence, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, North Kansas City, MO, Overland Park, Olathe, Kansas City, Shawnee, and Lee Wood, KS.