Acclimatising Solid Wood & Engineered Wood Flooring | Everything You Need To Know

Acclimatising Solid Wood & Engineered Wood Flooring | Everything You Need To Know

Keep Your Engineered Or Solid Wood Flooring Project Running Smoothly With Our Guide To Acclimatising...

Solid and engineered wood floors are a great choice for any home, adding warmth, style, and elegance, regardless of décor. Nothing quite beats an authentic wood finish and it’s certainly guaranteed to give your home that ‘wow’ factor that will last for years. However, wood flooring is a natural product and does require some additional TLC to keep it looking great. After all, we want your flooring to look great for decades, not a few months! Therefore, it’s particularly important that extra care is taken prior to and during installation to allow for a smooth process.

To ensure a successful installation, it's vital that you follow out acclimatisation of your wood flooring boards for the recommended time. The time recommended will depend on your flooring type i.e. solid wood or engineered wood.

That's why we've put together an expert guide on how to properly acclimate your wood flooring, so it adjusts comfortably to its new surroundings, allowing you to proceed with your project, stress-free!


For Starters, What Is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered wood undergoes an "engineering" process to create a more durable and sturdy board compared to standard solid wood.

Acclimatising Solid Wood And Engineered Wood Flooring - Solid Wood Vs Engineered Wood Flooring

What Is The Difference Between Solid Wood And Engineered Wood?

Solid wood flooring does require cutting, sanding, and finishing. However, the material itself is just one solid piece of wood such as Oak, Walnut, or Birch. Whereas engineered wood is composed of multiple different layers of timber.

The top layer consists of real wood, just like solid wood flooring, fused with layers of softer wood or HDF under high-intensity conditions. This layering process enhances durability, enabling the floorboards to adapt to temperature and moisture changes without permanent shrinking or warping.

Acclimatising Solid Wood & Engineered Wood Flooring - Solid Wood Species

What Is Acclimatisation And Why Does Wood Flooring Need To Acclimate?

Before it can reach you, your new flooring will be stored in a warehouse. Therefore it's likely that the temperature will differ from that of the room where it will be installed. Acclimatisation is allowing the flooring to adjust to the room's atmosphere, humidity, and temperature. It’s very important that you go through this process with wood flooring, otherwise, you could cause problems for yourself in the future. As a natural product, wood is well known for expanding, retracting, and warping under different temperature conditions. Without the correct preparation, your flooring could fall victim to this, causing you unnecessary work and expenses.


How To Acclimatise Wood Flooring

Now that you know your flooring will need some time to adjust to the temperature. It’s important that you know how to do this. So as soon as your flooring arrives, you should first check your packs to make sure everything is there, and you are happy with your delivery. Now that you have them out anyway, take them to the room where you plan to install your flooring. Fully empty each pack and lay the boards flat horizontally on the floor (do not lean them against the wall as this could cause further issues).

Once you have all your boards laid flat, simply leave them be! That’s it. You can proceed with your project once your flooring has acclimated for the recommended duration.

Acclimatising Solid Wood And Engineered Wood Flooring

How Long Does It Take To Acclimate A Wood Floor?

So, you know how to acclimatise your flooring, but how long must you leave it until you can get started? Well as mentioned previously, that will depend on your floor type.


How Long Does It Take To Acclimatise Engineered Wood Flooring?

For engineered wood, we recommend a minimum acclimatisation period of 2-3 days, but we’ve included the best practice for each floor type below. Keep in mind that there is no maximum limit. However, we always advise that you adhere to the recommended durations as a minimum.


Laminate: 48 hours

Luxury Vinyl Tiles: 48 hours

Engineered Wood: 48-72 hours

Solid Wood: 5-7 days


Why Should I Let My Floor Acclimatise To The Room?

Acclimatising your floor to its new environment is crucial to avoid future problems. At Flooring365, we consider flooring a long-term investment. Failure to acclimatise the flooring can lead to issues such as cracking, warping, and splitting as the flooring dries up. Conversely, excessive moisture without acclimatisation can result in bowing, buckling, and cupping.


What Are The Best Rooms For Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is suitable for nearly every room in the house, as it can withstand moderate changes in temperature and humidity. It is ideal for kitchens, conservatories, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms with substantial glazing. However, we advise against using engineered wood flooring in rooms with high temperatures and moisture levels, such as bathrooms and utility rooms. For such spaces, we recommend exploring alternative flooring options like LVT, which is both perfect for bathrooms and part of our exquisite product range.


Still need help?

If you need further information regarding acclimation, give us a call and our experts will be happy to help and advise you along the way! Or, if you want to know how to maintain or refinish your new flooring in the future, please visit our maintenance centre



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