How do I acclimate my hardwood flooring?

  • Flooring should be delivered to the job site up to two weeks before installation. Keep in mind that if the flooring is delivered on a damp or rainy day you may need several more days for the floor to acclimatize.
  • Once the flooring is delivered, open the ends of the packages, but don’t remove the boards. Air needs to circulate around the boards, but removing them from the packaging could lead to warping.
  • Stack the packages in a staggered fashion so air can circulate around them. Bricks or scrap wood work well for this process, but be sure to provide support every couple of feet so the boards don’t bow in the middle.

For more information on this, and other subjects, visit the Gaylord Hardwood Flooring blog: The Hardwood Acclimation Process