CAMPBELL − When planning to install a hardwood floor, an important aspect of the process to be aware of is the acclimation period. This typically begins seven days prior to installation, at which time your flooring supplier will deliver the product to your home. This advance introduction to the home environment gives the moisture in the wood a chance to acclimate, or “warm up,” to the new climate conditions. Since hardwood products are typically stored in very cold environments, the acclimation period is imperative to avoid future cracking or separation, squeaking, and other issues.
During the acclimation period, your home’s temperature should be kept at a steady 68 to 75 degrees to ensure thorough acclimation. Prior to installation, the wood should be checked by the installer to make sure it has fully adapted to your home’s climate.