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pjazzer 03-24-2013 06:29 PM

Installing Bamboo floor
I am installing bamboo floor for the first time. I've been doing my research and some sites say that you have to leave the boards in the room of choice to acclimate them to the room. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Fix'n it 03-24-2013 07:40 PM


Originally Posted by pjazzer (Post 1144907)
Anyone have any thoughts on this?

yes. do as they say.

though, if it is 70deg outside (where the flooring has been for a while) and 70 deg inside, not so much of an issue. its wide temp differences that you need to be concerned about.

readar 03-24-2013 08:14 PM

Absolutely needs to acclimate, for several days if possible. It's the humidity level which shrinks and expands wood the most, temperature not so much.

poppameth 03-25-2013 05:49 AM

It doesn't really need the be the exact room you are putting it in unless that room is drastically different than other parts of the house. For example, you could store it in a bedroom and put it in the living room if you want, but I wouldn't store it in an unfinished basement where heat and moisture could be different than the intended install location.

UniqueWoodFloor 03-25-2013 10:19 AM

You will most definitely want to acclimate the bamboo to your room before installing. The reason you need to acclimate is because wood is a natural product and will expand and contract depending on humidity. If you install it when it contains more moisture it will eventually shrink leaving gaps. The time needed to acclimate is not set in stone, however, we recommend 1 week to be safe. If you invest into a moisture meter the rule of thumb is to make sure the moisture content of the wood is no more than 4% difference from the plywood.

urbaneve 04-03-2013 02:26 PM

as we are getting ready to lay out bamboo floors -- it is best to let them acclimate at least 72 hours.

DannyT 04-03-2013 03:54 PM

and don't put it in the house sealed in the boxes it cam in. at least open them up so the air can get to them.

Awoodfloorguy 04-04-2013 08:29 PM

I agree with Danny. I would even take it a step further and remove all of it from the boxes. Acclimating is very important.

ChrisDIY 04-04-2013 08:39 PM

I stacked mine out of the boxes in the kitchen against the wall I was working towards. Helped me install floor as well. I have pictures in my project showcase.

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