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Does Hardwood Need to Acclimate?

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Here's What You Need to Know

Hardwood floors are a great investment for any home. They are beautiful, and practical, and add value to your property. Before installing hardwood floors, however, it’s important to consider different factors. One of the most significant concerns is whether or not the new hardwood floors need to acclimate first. In this blog post, we’ll look at what acclimation means, why it’s essential, and how you can ensure your new hardwood floors acclimate properly.

What Does Acclimation Mean?

Hardwood acclimation refers to the process of allowing hardwood flooring to adjust to its new environment before installation. This allows it to adjust to the temperature and humidity level of the room, preventing swelling or shrinking after installation.

Why Is It Important?

Proper acclimation of hardwood floors is essential to ensure their longevity. If you install hardwood without allowing it to acclimate, you risk gaps, buckling, and damage to the floor’s finish. These problems can be costly to fix, and in some cases, complete replacement is necessary.

Moisture Testing

 Before installation, we will check the moisture content of the hardwood and the subfloor. One common method is to use a moisture meter, which measures the level of moisture present in the wood.


Once we have installed hardwood floors, it’s essential to maintain proper humidity levels and conduct regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent moisture damage.

Contact Us Today!

Installing hardwood floors is a significant investment in your home. It’s essential to take the time to allow your new hardwood floors to acclimate before installation, ensuring their longevity and beauty for years to come. Proper preparation and maintenance can make all the difference in protecting your investment. By understanding the importance of hardwood acclimation, you can ensure that your new floors will look stunning and last a lifetime. Contact us today to see how we can help you!


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