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The #1 thing to know about installing hardwood floors

David Youngblood

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Acclimating hardwood flooring is a critical step that ensures the longevity and stability of your new floors. Contrary to some beliefs, the only proper way to acclimate hardwood floors is by installing them directly onto the subfloor surface. Once the hardwood is in contact with the subfloor, the acclimation process can begin effectively. This method ensures that the hardwood adapts to the specific environmental conditions of your home, particularly the moisture content of the subfloor, which plays a significant role in the wood’s performance.


For successful acclimation, it's crucial that the hardwood reaches an equilibrium within 2-3% of the subfloor's moisture content. Which can take days or weeks to achieve, depending on the subfloor's moisture. Failing to acclimate the hardwood properly can lead to several issues, including breaks in the wood, cupping, or crowning. These problems arise because of the natural expansion and contraction of wood due to changes in humidity and temperature. By ensuring the hardwood is acclimated correctly during installation, you can prevent these common problems, preserving the beauty and functionality of your flooring for years to come.


Remember, investing time in proper acclimation is essential to protect your investment and achieve the best results for your home improvement project.


David Youngblood

1 min read

7 days ago

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