Hardwood flooring is a natural product and can be very problematic when put in the wrong atmosphere.
Hardwood floors should be one of the last jobs done on a job site, limiting the foot traffic and operate completed after the flooring is installed.
Hardwood flooring shouldn't sit or be installed in an environment outside the recommended relative humidity range between 30- 50 percent to be successful. Outside of this 30-50% relative humidity array can cause significant problems with your hardwood flooring. Cupping, Cracking, and width variations are extremely common in flooring that's been put in the wrong environment.
Before you Program your flooring delivery, you must be sure of the following:
Is the sub floor moisture content over 2% of your hardwood flooring? Are all of your wet trades 100% finished? Drywall, Painting, Tiling, Masonry, and Concrete must be complete in order to lessen the hardwood floor's vulnerability to damaging relative humidity.
Have you got HVAC equipment running together with the capability to maintain a humidity level between 30-50%? An HRV is an air exchanger only. It does not control humidity.
Do you have a dehumidifier running on your basement to remove the excess moisture? A new residence will have between 1000-2000 gallons of moisture which needs to be removed so as to minimize the exposure of the hardwood floors to humidity. A substantial proportion of the moisture is in the cellar.
In case you have not answered yes to each these questions it might be in your very best interest to delay your shipping. The flooring will be better off sitting in our climate controlled warehouse than being at unfavourable job site requirements.
Having our floors at the work site or installed early in unfit conditions is just a dumb idea and therefore don't be a dummy.