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Why you should acclimatise your new flooring

Every home and commercial building has its own humidity level, which can affect wood, vinyl and laminate flooring. Ideally, before installing, flooring should be acclimatised.

Changes in temperature can cause flooring planks to contract or expand. Acclimatising the floor mitigates the risk of the floor becoming damaged due to expansion.

Acclimatising flooring is a simple process of laying packs of flooring in the room it will be installed in. The manufacturer of the flooring will specify the recommended time for acclimatisation. For solid wood, this can be up to seven days, while laminate usually takes two days and luxury vinyl takes from 12 to 24 hours. The flooring packs should not be removed from their packaging during the acclimatisation process.

If the room has had wet work such as plastering done, it can take seven days before the room returns to its natural humidity level, so don’t install or acclimatise flooring before the room reaches its normal humidity levels.

If the flooring is not acclimatised, there won’t necessarily to any issues, but you could find that the flooring cracks, warps or splits.

After purchasing solid flooring for your Cheshire home or workplace, use an experienced flooring fitter who will know whether your flooring requires acclimatisation and how long it should be acclimatised for. While it may be inconvenient to have packs of flooring lying around your rooms for a period of time, it’s better to be cautious than to risk problems with your new floor by laying it too soon.

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