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Can You Install Hardwood Flooring In Winter?

by Alex M. Worked as a Business Development Manager

Hardwood flooring has been popular since the 17th Century. But it has certain characteristics that many people are not aware of.

For example, most of you would probably be surprised if their hardwood flooring Sherman Oaks distributor advised them to install the floor in winter.

However, installing wood flooring during the winter months has numerous pros. Read on to learn why it is recommended and what will be the benefits for you.

Humidity Level

Firstly, in winter the humidity level is low and thus less moisture will be left underneath your hardwood floor.

Many manufacturers and retailers stress the importance of low moisture content in the air during the installation of wood floors and they do it for certain crucial reasons, i.e.:

• If moisture is left beneath the floors, the floor will most probably warp and buckle, which will make it look unsightly and uneven.

• Damp subflooring creates perfect conditions for the development of mold and mildew

 Usually, the moisture content in the winter air in your home is much lower than in the summer season, in some areas the air can be quite humid all around the year.

That is why; you need to pay special attention to that factor when getting ready for the installation of your new hardwood flooring Sherman Oaks. Carefully check the subfloor in the room where the floor is to be laid, then apply duct tape and a sheet of plastic around it.

After several days remove it and check whether the plastic sheet is moist underneath. If it is the case, it's better for you to put the installation process off for several days and let the floor dry out. In the case where the subfloor doesn't dry out, you may need to use a dehumidifier to reduce the level of humidity in the air.


Acclimate The Boards

Moreover, remember about the need to let hardwood boards acclimate prior to the installation. In order to do so, bring the floorboards into the interior where you are planning to install them.

You can either take them out from the boxes in which they were delivered, or leave them there (in which case, remember to open the boxes to allow the circulation of fresh air). Store them there for up to 10 days. In this way, the floorboards will adjust to the ambient temperature and humidity levels.

Expanding

Another important thing that not all of you are aware of is that wood, just like most organic materials, tends to expand when the temperature level is high and contract if it's low. It also changes depending on the humidity level – expanding when the air is damp and contracting in dry conditions.  You must keep this in mind when opting for installation of hardwood flooring Sherman Oaks.


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