REASONS TO INSTALL WOOD FLOORING IN THE WINTER
The cold months are an ideal time for you to schedule your hardwood flooring installation, especially if you live in a humid climate. Like any other organic or natural product, wood absorbs moisture because it is highly porous. Winter’s dry air means there’s no moisture to get trapped underneath your floorboards. Wood floors are best installed in dry conditions.
Here are 3 reasons why:
1. LESS HUMIDITY: Fall/Winter dryness means less moisture will get trapped underneath hardwood flooring.
Water, even in small amounts, can drastically affect your wood floors. Winter’s dry air means there’s no moisture to get trapped underneath your floorboards.
• 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
2. ACCLIMATE BOARDS: Floorboards expand in heat and shrink in cold temperatures. Acclimation is the process of conditioning hardwood floor planks, so their moisture content is at the optimal level for the environment it is to be installed.
Acclimation times vary by species and product, but a rule of thumb is to acclimate the wood floor products for at least three days. You’re trying to reach the equilibrium between the moisture content of the wood materials and the air where the product is being installed.
3. AVAILABILITY: It is often easier to schedule installation to occur over winter vacation.
Winter is a good period for making any home improvements. During winter people tend to be more patient with renovation works. Winter is also a slow season for many companies. Their slow season usually means fast turnaround for you! Give yourself the gift of a new wood floor. You won’t regret it.