• While natural hardwood is a great flooring product, there are some things you should be aware of prior to installation. Photo: Lawrence Flooring & Interiors (2015)

  • The acclimation period gives your hardwood flooring materials a chance to adjust to your home's climate prior to being installed. Photo: Lawrence Flooring & Interiors (2015)

Mike Goldberg is president of Lawrence Flooring & Interiors. To reach Mike Goldberg call (408) 372-7964.
Hardwood Floor Acclimation

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.

Mike Goldberg is a lifetime veteran of the flooring industry, and president of Lawrence Flooring & Interiors, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (408) 372-7964 or by email.

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