Consumer News - Importance of job site prep & acclimation



“Measure twice and cut once.”  
This common sense approach reminds all of us to take the steps necessary to avoid mistakes up front and do the job right the first time.
The same philosophy can be applied when installing wood flooring.  Before any work begins, your contractor’s main priority is to make sure job site conditions are acceptable for proper installation of the flooring.  Knowing what to look for before work begins can save you big headaches down the road.  Here are a few things your contractor will be looking for.  
First, it is important to understand that installing wood flooring is often one of the last jobs to take place on any construction or remodeling project.  If your renovation is running behind schedule, remember that it is in your best interest, as well as the contractor’s, that certain job site conditions are met before installation can begin.
All concrete, masonry, plastering, drywall and other wet trades should be completed and dried before the wood is delivered.  This includes any painting and texturing that will take place, both inside and outside the building.
Your contractor also should make sure all basement and crawl space areas are dry before the wood flooring is delivered, with proper vapor barriers and ventilation in place.    
Another important job site condition is for all of your heating and cooling systems to be installed and working properly.  
Once all these conditions are met, the wood flooring can be delivered.  After it arrives, it is important to allow enough time for it to acclimate to the conditions of your home or business.  The time required will vary depending on the type of flooring used, as well as the manufacturer’s specifications, but could take several days to more than a week.  This may not be convenient, but it is essential for a proper and long-lasting installations.
Following these basic guidelines will help prevent any unforeseen problems, resulting in quality wood flooring installations that will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Learn more about how to properly care for your wood floors after they have been installed on our website at or callus at 609-272-9173.