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Is it necessary to acclimatize solid oak wood for some days before laying down flooring?

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We are getting solid oak flooring, and we wanted to know for how long it should be done, if it is necessary?

All houses are different. Heat, cold, humidity and ya da. It’s a very bad idea to just take it out of the box and lay it down. I had professionals lay my floor and it was the same thing, lay it all down and let it get acclimated. Then they came out the next day to finish. They laid it out over night. I’d say about 18 hours. But that’s what they did, your experience could be very different from mine. I just know from experience that you MUST let the wood breath and get used to your house.

5 Responses to “Is it necessary to acclimatize solid oak wood for some days before laying down flooring?”

  1. jamand Says:

    Yeah! Unpack it and allow to stand for at least 24 hours in the room it is to be laid…….this allows it to breathe and expand and to acclimatise to the temperature in the house/room
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  2. Clara M. Says:

    If you are installing it yourself, and its your first time: here’s some extra tips: an installation guide, with literally everything you will need to know:
    http://www.findanyfloor.com/InstallationGuides/InstallingHardwoodFlooring.xhtml
    So thats a little help, for you guys. Also, it depends on how big the room is: it may take a little longer, from experience, dont rush it, take your time and really do it right… take time for lunch and then start again… I did mine quickly and some spots arent as level as others…. booo… maybe i should have made sure my subfloor was level…. make sure thats done:
    you have two options to install:
    glue down
    nail/staple

    its your choice, and go with what the manufacturer recommends to keep your warrranty valid.

    Hope this helps! :)
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  3. Jon Says:

    All houses are different. Heat, cold, humidity and ya da. It’s a very bad idea to just take it out of the box and lay it down. I had professionals lay my floor and it was the same thing, lay it all down and let it get acclimated. Then they came out the next day to finish. They laid it out over night. I’d say about 18 hours. But that’s what they did, your experience could be very different from mine. I just know from experience that you MUST let the wood breath and get used to your house.
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  4. Taf Says:

    Yes, at least a few days and preferably with the lengths separated, though I have known floor layers who don’t bother.
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    Decorator with project management experience, inc floors.

  5. pissy_old_lady Says:

    My installer wanted our oak flooring to sit here for 2-3 days..we left it for three (just the way it worked out). It is necessary. The humidity level where your wood has been stored will probably not be the same as the humidity in your home. Wood will move (swell/shrink) with humidity..that is why it needs to all sit and climatize. Hardwood flooring likes humidity between 30-50%. Keep an eye on your level within your home. The wider the plank, the better chance of heaving if the humidity is high over a long period of time.
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    experience

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