Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Acclimating Hardwood

When choosing hardwood flooring in your new home, there is one key step before installation, acclimation. Acclimating hardwoods is the technique of matching the wood’s humidity and temperature to your home. This process could take up to 7 days, if not longer; all you need to do is bring the material inside your house and let it sit. This step is critical. If you skip this step, after installations, your hardwood will expand and contract due to its new environment. This could lead to cracks and gaps in your floor. As part of the BJA Team, I take pride in the quality of our craftsmanship and understand the importance of this step. This picture shows about 5,000 pounds of material that is acclimating in one of our BJA homes.

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