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how long does my hardwood floor need to dry prior to installation?

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I am buying a pretreated/finished hardwood floor I am told it needs to sit and dry, but for how long

This would depend if it is new construction or remodel. I just had it done in a 6000 sq. ft. home the installers told me 24 hours would be ok as long as the flooring wasn’t stacked. This would allow the wood to acclimate evenly and quicker. Same applies for new construction interior trim. lay it out so that the air can get to it all it will adjust faster.

3 Responses to “how long does my hardwood floor need to dry prior to installation?”

  1. Steven Y Says:

    I sell the same type of flooring possibly it needs to acclimate to your house (3 days) before installation.
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  2. russbillen Says:

    This would depend if it is new construction or remodel. I just had it done in a 6000 sq. ft. home the installers told me 24 hours would be ok as long as the flooring wasn’t stacked. This would allow the wood to acclimate evenly and quicker. Same applies for new construction interior trim. lay it out so that the air can get to it all it will adjust faster.
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  3. john d Says:

    it all depends on what kind of wood it is. if its an oak or something that came from an area near you then a few days to be safe. if its an exotic wood that came from china or brazil or somewhere coastal like that I wouldn’t install it until it had been sitting for 2 weeks in your house. you dont want to install it then have it dry out and shrink and leave gaps everywhere. you also dont want your house to be a high humidity causing the wood to expand after its installed causing cupping of the boards and such.
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    hardwood installer for 7 years

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