Acclimatising Your Floor

DFD Engineered 18/4 x 120mm Oak UV Lacquered

It is vital that all wood floors are left to acclimatise before installation.

All wood will expand and contract with environmental changes. The most substantial change will be when the floor is introduced to a new environment. Before a wooden or laminate floor is installed, it is important that the new floor is left to acclimatise to its new surroundings.

If the floor is not left to acclimatise properly, the boards will expand and contract once installed resulting in the floor either buckling from the lack of space or gaps due to the boards contracting. The house where the new floor is being installed is likely to be considerably warmer than the warehouse that the floor was previously in.

Regardless to wither you are installing a floating floor, gluing it down or nailing it, acclimatisation is vital. Once you receive your new floor, stack the boxes in the room in which they will installed and open each box to allow the air to circulate the boars. Stack the boxes in a staggered fashion with gaps between each pack to ensure that the air can circulate around them.

We recommend that the floor is left in this manor for a minimum of three days to allow the wood to fully adjust to the heat and humidity of the installation environment.

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