Put simply, the term acclimatising refers to the process of letting your flooring become accustomed to the new climate and conditions within your home. The result of this is that the acclimatised flooring maintains a fitness to its new environment. There’s a short Wikipedia article here if you are interested in learning more about acclimatisation in general. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acclimatization. You’ll notice that in American English a ‘Z’ replaces the ‘S’ .
All of the flooring you purchase from us needs to be acclimatised, especially wooden flooring. This is because it has been stored in warehouses which are not temperature controlled and will not match the conditions in your home. When your flooring is dispatched to you it is first transferred to a pallet, then onto a lorry and then depending where you are in the UK a temporary distribution hub before getting to you, so depending on the weather, the flooring could be subject to varying temperature and moisture fluctuations on it’s journey to it’s cherished resting place in your home.
Here at flooringhub we see flooring as a long-term investment, so to guard against future problems we recommend letting your flooring acclimatise in the room it is going to be fitted in. Stack your packs of flooring unopened, to prevent moisture loss and stop the flooring changing temperature too quickly and lie them horizontally, flat on the floor to distribute the weight of the flooring evenly. The flooring should be stored at room temperature to allow the flooring to acclimatise to the room’s temperature and moisture content before opening.
A quick look online and you’ll see lots of variation relating to acclimatising timescales, so we can only offer a guide on timescales and manufacturer’s guidelines should always be consulted as a final answer on timing. One thing to bear in mind is the temperature or moisture levels at your home, as high temperatures or moisture levels could increase the acclimatisation period.
We do not want to try to put you off, but not acclimatising your floor could cause issues such as warping or cupping (a situation where the edges of the board rise up creating a concave shape). An unacclimatised floor once laid could expand or compress in situ which could lead to either buckling at the joints or gaps forming. It is also imperative that sufficient expansion gaps are also installed to allow the floor to naturally move. Other issues could arise from the floor drying out too quickly which could see the floor cracking or splitting. This is another good reason why the flooring boxes should be left unopened when acclimatising as opening them could let the wood close to the openings shrink or expand more quickly than the centre parts of the boards as it loses moisture more quickly.
As we have seen, you need to give your flooring the best start in your home and uses these acclimatisation timescales as a minimum guideline. I know we’ve listed these before, but they are so important that they deserve listing again:
Yes, for 48hr to 72hrs
Yes, for a minimum of 7 days
Yes, even laminate needs to acclimatise for 24hrs to 48hrs
Yes, even LVT needs to adjust for 24hrs
Yes, but the timescale will depend on how it’s constructed as you can have Engineered Wood, Solid Wood, Laminate and LVT herringbone. Because of this the acclimatisation period needs to reflect the timescale for each of those types.
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