I’ve Acclimated My Floor For A Week, Now What?

water-damaged-wood-flooringBefore any successful installation there are a few necessary steps everyone should take to assure that your floor will hold up for years to come. Look around the internet; it’s littered with unhappy customers that have experienced floor failure. Unfortunately many so called professionals skip moisture testing after acclimation.

For a bunch of reasons, the majority just don’t know, or care about proper acclimation and moisture testing. Another reason could be that the proper equipment is very expensive and many diy’ers and professionals alike refuse to invest the $1,000.00 or more to protect themselves and their customers.

Now that you’ve been warned let me explain to you why it’s important. Wood, Laminate, Engineered, Bamboo, and Subfloors react to changes in relative humidity. Simply put, when it’s hot and humid in the summer floors will expand if left in these conditions and contract during the dry winter months. Unfortunately many flooring retailers and distributors leave products in their warehouse without keeping them stored in a balanced environment. This leads to dimensional instability, and will change the appearance and width.

Simply put, sometimes acclimating for 5-7 days is not enough. Without the proper moisture testing equipment you still run the risk of installing a floor that is not ready, which can lead to wasted money and problems. In order to protect your investment, make sure that whoever is installing your floor has the right moisture testing equipment on hand.

Moisture Meter for testing moisture content in subfloor and new flooring

Moisture Meter for testing moisture content in subfloor and new flooring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hygrometer for testing relative humidity

Hygrometer for testing relative humidity

 

 

 

 

 

 

With The Men With Tools you are guaranteed a professional installation, using the proper equipment, and documenting all necessary readings. We believe that your flooring investment should last for years when the right precautions are taken.

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