Why hardwood flooring needs to be acclimated

When you choose hardwood flooring, you'll find acclimation necessary before installation. This ensures that the floors will perform as they should for as long as they're in place.

If you're new to hardwood, we understand that you likely have questions. So, here are some facts about acclimation you should know as you begin your remodel.

What is acclimation?

Acclimation is the process of getting your floor accustomed to its new surroundings. The humidity between the two should equalize before installation is possible.

Without acclimation, boards could warp, twist, buckle, or cup, causing damage. It's essential to be patient with this process so the wood flooring will last as long as it should.

How to acclimate wood floors

Packages of hardwood flooring should go into the rooms where the installation will take place. There, we open them and stack them perpendicularly to encourage airflow.

This process takes one to three days, depending on the humidity level in your home. Once we find that the flooring has acclimated as it should, installation can begin.

Enjoy the results of acclimation

Once your floors are in place, you'll notice an expansion gap before we install baseboards. When the temperature and humidity change, a bit of expansion and contraction is standard with hardwood flooring.

These floors will perform very well for decades to come. Acclimation and professional installation give you perfect peace of mind.

Visit us for the best hardwood flooring

Completely Floored has the dedication to see your flooring dreams come true. We provide an excellent inventory of materials and all the services that go with them.

We're here for you if you're ready to learn more about hardwood installation. Bring all your questions for the answers you need.

Visit us at our showroom for the best hardwood in Everett, WA. We provide hardwood flooring to communities like:

  • Everett
  • Marysville
  • Lake Stevens
  • Monroe
  • Arlington
  • Mt. Vernon