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When is the optimum time to install a hardwood floor?

It can take a lot of time and planning before any home improvement goes ahead, as there is generally a lot to consider before you get started with the hard work. The one thing that a lot of homeowners neglect to think about when planning the installation of a hardwood flooring, especially if they live in a busy city like Liverpool where the weather can play a big role in the ease of the task, is the timing of it.

Most people simply plan to have their new hardwood flooring installed when they want it and when it is most convenient to them, but the fact is that some times of the year are much better for successfully installing a hardwood floor than others. This is due to a range of factors, which is why it always pays to ask yourself when the best time to install your flooring is. By doing so, you can maximize the chances of a very successful installation, which will protect the money you have invested in your home and leave you with a durable floor that looks great and lasts for many years to come.

So when exactly is the best time for a floor installation?

Of course, it is perfectly possible to have hardwood flooring in Liverpool installed at any time of the year that you desire. For the optimum though, consider the autumn months, for a number of sound reasons.

Spring and summer moisture

Although a lot of people like to change up the look of their homes in spring and summer, when the weather tends to be more pleasant, it is well worth leaving the flooring part of any renovations until the autumn, especially if the weather in the warmer months is particularly humid.

This is because cooler temperatures tend to produce much less humidity, and this is important because natural wood is known to be extremely porous. As a result, it will absorb any moisture in the air.

If flooring is installed when there is a higher level of humidity, there is a large possibility that it will become warped and distorted, so by installing your flooring in the cool, crisp autumn months, you can really help to protect your flooring and ensure that it is as perfect as it is possible to be.

Not enough moisture in winter

Although too much moisture in the spring and summer months can have a detrimental effect on your flooring, the problem can be quite the opposite in winter.

When temperatures drop to their lowest, we all tend to turn on our central heating much more, especially in a chilly northern city like Liverpool. This has the effect of drying out the air in our home. So, if your new wooden floor has previously absorbed moisture from the air, and then it dries out when you turn up the heat, the floorboards could swell and separate – a process which is referred to as the ‘cupping’ effect.

By installing your hardwood flooring in the Autumn, you can minimise the consequences of cupping, as your flooring will be much less likely to absorb moisture from the air. Even if you are using your central heating, you will notice a minimal to nonexistent effect on your floorboards.

What about the adhesives used?

Often, adhesives are used in the hardwood flooring installation process, and a lot of these need an environmental temperature of between 21 and 26 degrees Celsius. This is a temperature that could easily be achieved in the summer, providing you do not have any air conditioning running, and in the autumn with the help of your central heating. Of course, it may be more difficult to comfortably achieve in the spring or winter, for various reasons, preventing the adhesive from drying and fixing your flooring together effectively.

Are there any exceptions to this rule?

Of course, although we would argue that having your hardwood flooring installed in the autumn is best time to do so, there are no hard and fast rules for having a new floor installed and we understand that it’s not always convenient or possible to plan an installation at a specified time of year.

As well, a lot will depend on what the conditions are like at any one time. If you live in Liverpool, you’ll know the weather can be changeable at best, so it could be fairly hot in September but cold and wet in June, meaning that the optimal conditions may shift a little and you may be able to find an optimum window for installation at a different time of year to what you might expect.

The best thing to do if you are worried about installing your wooden floor so that it is in the best possible condition is to consult a reputable hardwood flooring installation company. Not only will it be able to answer any of your questions about the best time to install a new floor, but it will also be able to advise you on the best type of flooring for your home and how to install a floor. Of course, it will even be able to do all of the work for you if you do not think that you will be able to, or want to, tackle the task for yourself.

Whenever you decide to install your brand new flooring, there is little doubt that a hardwood floor will bring a number of benefits to your home. Not only will it increase the elegance and warmth of your home, but it will be much easier to clean and maintain than a carpet, and last longer than many alternative floor coverings, which will save you money in the long term.

Good quality hardwood flooring may even increase the value of your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers and much easier to sell than a home that does not have solid wood flooring. All in all, it’s well worth investing in a good solid wood flooring and professional, optimised installation if you want to really reap the benefits.

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  1. What about the cheapest time of the year to install.

    Comment by David — July 14, 2021 @ 3:36 pm

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