Acclimatising Wood Flooring
The reasons behind allowing a solid or engineered wood floor to acclimatise in the area it is to be fitted are because of the nature of the wood that is used. Wood flooring is a natural product and has many properties that should be taken into account during storage and preparation.
When a floor is laid, it will react to the environment it is being fitted in, so by acclimatising the wood beforehand, you are reducing the chances that the wood will react in a way that may affect the look of the finished project. Such as buckling or gaps between boards.
The two main things that could affect the flooring are temperature and humidity. Both temperature and humidity could cause the wood to expand or contract as the wood takes on or releases moisture, or reacts to heat and cold.
To avoid these extreme changes in the wood after laying it is best to make sure that the room the floor is to be laid in is totally enclosed, with any plastering or painting projects well and truly finished and dried.
Make sure any air conditioning or heating that will be used in the room is operating normally.
Set the flooring out in the area to be fitted and leave it for as long as possible to get used to the normal conditions of the room.
This should ensure that the wood is matched in temperature and moisture content to the room it is being laid in and therefore should not expand or contract more than necessary.
Once the flooring has become acclimatised to the environment that it will be laid in, it can then be laid, which you can read more information about in our wood flooring installation section.