Are you ready for your hardwood flooring?
Hardwood flooring is a natural product and can be very problematic when put in the wrong environment.
Hardwood flooring should be one of the last jobs completed on a work site, limiting the foot traffic and work done after the flooring is installed.
Hardwood flooring should not sit or be installed in an environment outside the recommended relative humidity range between 30- 50% to be successful. Outside of the 30-50% relative humidity range can cause significant issues with your hardwood flooring. Cupping, Cracking, and width variations are very common in flooring that has been placed in the wrong environment.
Before you schedule your flooring delivery, you must be sure of the following:
Is the sub-floor moisture content within 2% of your hardwood flooring? Are all of your wet trades 100% completed? Drywall, Painting, Tiling, Masonry, and Concrete must be complete in order to minimize the hardwood flooring’s exposure to damaging relative humidity.
Do you have HVAC equipment running with the ability to maintain a humidity level between 30-50%? An HRV is an air exchanger only. It does not control humidity.
Do you have a dehumidifier running in your basement to remove the excess moisture? A new home will have between 1000-2000 gallons of moisture which needs to be removed in order to minimize the exposure of the hardwood flooring to humidity. A significant percentage of this moisture is in the basement.
If you have not answered yes to all of these questions it would be in your best interest to delay your delivery. The flooring would be better off sitting in our climate controlled warehouse than being in unfavourable job site conditions.
Cupping- Not for beverages
Having our flooring at the job site or installed early in unfit conditions is just a dumb idea so don’t be a dummy.