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gas16 01-05-2008 11:41 AM

Install In January- Buckel In August???
I want to put down an engineered hardwood floor. I live in Atlanta and it is cold, heat is on, humidity in the house is 27%. I am worried that if I install now that the wood will expand in the summer and buckle. I am planning Thomasville engineered that will be stapled down to a plywood subfloor above a full basement. Will I have problems if I do it?

redline 01-05-2008 09:47 PM

The floor needs to acclimate to the house for a few days prior to install.

Jaz 01-06-2008 01:06 AM

Of course the material should be brought into the room and all boxes opened and materials spread around to acclimate for a few days. But that is not his concern. He's worried that the humidity now is 27% and next summer it'll be 85% or higher at times.

My question is why is the humidity so low? You should be at 40-50% or so depending on the temp. Don't you have a humidifier on your furnace?


Educator 01-06-2008 09:41 PM

I agree with the concern on the low humidity. Our hardwood saleman for the Brazilian cheer hardwood we installed in the summer said that 35% was preferred for that type of wood.

However, I would be equally or more concerned about the 85% humidity in the summer. Are you not using a dehumidifier in the summer? 85% humidity in the house is not good, for more than just the hardwood, engineered or not.

JazMan 01-06-2008 11:00 PM

He didn't say anything about 85%, I threw that in as a likely event, at least for a short period of time. A few cool rainy days and there you are. Even 60% is too high.


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