Before getting wood flooring fitted in your home, it is very important to take steps to prepare for it. There are a few things you need to do to make sure that your wooden flooring will be fitted correctly and last a long time.
In part 1 of this guide, we looked at a few pre-delivery tips for people getting wood flooring fitted, as provided by solid wood flooring manufacturer Woodpecker Flooring. These were:
1. Ensure the building is watertight
2. Prepare the sub-floor
Now let’s look at a few more things you should be doing to get your home ready for wood floors.
3. Temperature, moisture and humidity testing. Wood is very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, so it is essential for you to get a professional in to carry out the right tests. These included moisture tests for the sub-floor, relative humidity testing in rooms and tests for other atmospheric conditions.
4. Acclimatise the wood floor itself. Before it can be laid, solid wood flooring planks or parquet must be laid out in open packs in the room/area where they are to be installed so that they can acclimatise to the atmospheric conditions (i.e. heat and humidity). This makes it less likely that the floor will expand or contract once it is laid.