Hardwood Floor Acclimation After Delivery

 

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Hardwood Floors and Engineered Flooring

 

Hardwood and Engineered flooring should be delivered and stored inside the HVAC controlled portion of the jobsite for a minimum of 72 hours prior to installation to allow for the product to acclimate. Wood Flooring should be stacked with at least a four inch (4”) airspace under the cartons. Remove any and all plastic wrap that may have been used to ship the material. Manufacturer declines all responsibility for product performance or installation failure due to sub-floor, substrate or environmental deficiencies or jobsite conditions. Manufactures requires Hardwood Floors and Engineered Flooring products to be acclimated prior to installation.

Acclimation allows flooring to achieve equilibrium moisture content with the installation environment. The HVAC system must be in operation for a minimum of 14 days prior to delivering wood flooring or installation. Room temperature should be kept 60-80F, with relative humidity between 35-55% Prior for installation. All wood floors continually expand and contracts until it reaches moisture equilibrium with the environment in which it’s installed. As with all wood flooring, expansion and contraction will be minimized if the interior relative humidity is consistently maintained year round. Humidification and/or dehumidification systems may be necessary to maintain your home environment to prescribed relative humidity conditions. The owner/installer assumes all responsibility for final inspection of product quality.

Examine your wood flooring for color, finish, and style prior to installation. If material is unacceptable, contact the seller immediately. {The HVAC system must be in operation for a minimum of 14 days prior to delivering wood flooring or installation.} Building interiors are affected by two distinct humidity seasons – Heating and Non- Heating. Do not deliver hardwood flooring to the jobsite or install wood flooring until appropriate temperature and humidity conditions have been achieved

 

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Hardwood Floors are nature natural product and contains characteristics such as variations in color, tone and graining. Wood Flooring is manufactured in accordance with industry standards, which allows manufacturing and natural deficiency tolerances up to 7% of the total installation. Installer should work from minimum of 3 cartons at the same time to ensure good color and shade blend, if you are installing a pre-finished floor. The installer must use reasonable selectivity and hold out or cut off piece with deficiencies. Do not install undesirable pieces. Wood Flooring warranties DO NOT cover materials with visible defects once they are installed. Installation is acceptance of product quality. All work involving water or moisture (plumbing, masonry, painting, plastering) must be completed prior to flooring being delivered. Building envelope must be complete and exterior doors and windows installed. Exterior grading and gutter downspouts should be completed and permanent HVAC systems in operation.

 

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Precautions should be taken to protect floors from other trade work. Do not cover floors with plastic, red rosin, felt or wax paper or previously used cardboard. Instead use a breathable material such as clean, dry, plain uncoated cardboard or Kraft paper. Inks from printed cardboard could damage the hardwood floor. The floor should be thoroughly cleaned before covering to remove grit and debris that would damage the finish. Wood flooring that has just been installed or refinished must be completely covered to eliminate uneven Amber from exposure to UV light. Room temperature should be kept 60-80F, with relative humidity between 35-55% Ideal 45% to maximize the Health and look of your Hardwood Floors over the years to come. These environmental conditions are specified as pre-installation requirements for Hardwood Floors and Engineered Flooring and must be maintained for the life of the product. Do not deliver wood flooring to the jobsite or install wood flooring until appropriate temperature and humidity conditions have been achieved. Make certain that the room temperature where your Hardwood Floor is going to be acclimated is set to normal living conditions as described above.