Wood Floor Question


J

jloomis

I have a wood floor to install,
The client chose a pre-finished 3/4 oak.
Now I understand acclimation and such.
On one hand a friend of mine who is into wood floors for years,
and had a business making wood flooring say's you do not have to acclimate
pre-finished wood flooring.
When I read a manual on installing wood floors it says to "acclimate" it.
Who or what is the best practice?
john
 
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PeterD

All manufacturers will tell you to acclimate it and it is probably the
best practice. If you don't have the extra 3 days it takes get a
moisture meter and check the hardwood as well as the subfloor. If it
falls within specs...go for it.
Another factor that may be important is how the yard stored the flooring
prior to delivery. If inside, a (partially?) warmed warehouse may not
need as much acclimation. Last pre-finished floor I did let it sit for
three days. One 'trick' is to arrange delivery for Friday, prep the area
where you will store it first, and use Friday (and part of Monday if
necessary) for prep work. Then install Monday/Tuesday.
 
J

jloomis

Hello Peter,
That sounds like a good idea.
Just was that, I had a window of opportunity, to install.
So, will most likely wait, and let the client remove the rugs, take out the
tack strips,
and also, this being a new purchased home, some of the area are suspect to
doggy p......
and the owner wants to bleach and or treat any suspect area with pet
remover, and then
a primer of Kilz or Zinnser oil base primer.....
john

"PeterD" wrote in message
All manufacturers will tell you to acclimate it and it is probably the
best practice. If you don't have the extra 3 days it takes get a
moisture meter and check the hardwood as well as the subfloor. If it
falls within specs...go for it.
Another factor that may be important is how the yard stored the flooring
prior to delivery. If inside, a (partially?) warmed warehouse may not
need as much acclimation. Last pre-finished floor I did let it sit for
three days. One 'trick' is to arrange delivery for Friday, prep the area
where you will store it first, and use Friday (and part of Monday if
necessary) for prep work. Then install Monday/Tuesday.
 
H

HerHusband

John,
I have a wood floor to install,
The client chose a pre-finished 3/4 oak.
Now I understand acclimation and such.
On one hand a friend of mine who is into wood floors for years,
and had a business making wood flooring say's you do not have to
acclimate pre-finished wood flooring.
When I read a manual on installing wood floors it says to "acclimate"
it. Who or what is the best practice?
We installed 3/4" prefinished Australian Cypress. I opened the boxes so
they could get airflow (remove any wrapping if necessary) and let ours
acclimate about a week before we installed them. We haven't had any
problems in 8+ years.

When we installed wood flooring at my in-laws, we picked up the flooring
one weekend, then installed it the next. Again, about a week to acclimate.

Of course, you may not have the luxury of a week to wait. We were working
on other projects so it was no problem to let the boxes sit opened several
days. I would wait as long as you are able.

As an example of what not to do, we ran out of our 1x6 T&G cedar boards
before we could finish our ceilings. I picked up another load of boards,
but in our rush I forgot to let it acclimate before installing. We did end
up with some warping in the last few rows of the ceiling. Thankfully it's
14' up in a back corner so you can't really see it unless you're looking
for it.

Anthony Watson
Mountain Software
www.mountain-software.com/about.htm
 
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Tom Cular

John , as others have stated previously. Let the flooring acclimate to it's
new environment before installation. I've had flooring contractors in
schools, doing gym and stage floors that were almost fanatical about
acclimation and moisture content. Their work always turned out well, even if
it was a couple of days late, I've seen others with some "not so good
results"
 

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