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NEXT DAY INSTALLATIONS OF WOOD FLOORING
February 5, 2008
You may hear flooring dealers and contractors advertising NEXT DAY INSTALLATION of their products. If someone even offers you next day installation of wood flooring, I strongly recommend you politely decline their offer and choose someone else to do your work.
The Next Day Installation scam of wood flooring was started by deep pocketed carpet retailers to cater to the instant gratification demand so prominent among some consumers today. It may be fine to install carpet or tile the very next day, but it is foolhardy for anyone to allow a contractor to install their new wood flooring without properly acclimating first.
Wood needs time to acclimate to your home. How much time depends on your home’s normal “lived-in” conditions (your home’s average moisture levels and temperature levels). An experienced knowledgeable and ethical flooring contractor will always insist on at least some acclimation period for the wood flooring in your home prior to its installation. An acclimation period of a few days to a week or more is quite common. If your home presents some accentuating circumstances (for example infloor radiant heat, water damage or recent remodel work) an acclimation period of a month or longer may be necessary.
To stock and install your new wood flooring without an acclimation period is extremely risky. The greater the size of floor area you are having installed, the greater the risk. Size makes a difference (both in plank width and in room size or floor area), especially with solid wood flooring and particularly with exotic species.
If yours’ is a new home or if you’ve had some remodeling work done recently, remember all moisture-related work should be completed ahead of wood flooring. Always make sure all moisture laden construction projects are finished and fully dried prior to stocking your new wood flooring in your home for “acclimation”.
You want your flooring to acclimate to your home’s “normal lived-in environment”. Nearly all types of construction work are atypical of “normal lived-in conditions”. Some of the most severe climatic conditions the inside of your home will ever experience are undergone during construction. Construction projects severely impact the moisture levels in a home. Painting, plastering, sheetrock work, tile and stone work are some common examples of moisture laden tasks. These should be completed prior to introducing your wood flooring into your home for acclimating. Final painting is one minor deviation in that rule. Paints, sealers and textures that are sprayed or blown onto walls and ceilings expel large quantities of moisture as they dry. Rolling or brushing is far less intrusive. Further, you will likely need to do at least some touch-up painting after wood flooring has been installed.
Keep in mind that in most areas of US and Canada, wood flooring will normally exhibit an average moisture content of between 6% - 9% between seasons (inside your home). Moisture conditions outside your home are entirely different than that inside your home – unless of course you leave your doors and windows open for extended periods of time. The winter heating season in many areas of the country presents the DRIEST time of the year for wood flooring; however, homes in areas with hot humid summers that are constantly air conditioned are likely to exhibit very dry conditions during the summer months due to the continuous air flow of very dry cool air.
Just remember, when you hear all that buzz about next day installation of wood flooring, we recommend you consider the source and don’t consider their work.
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