We will work with each client to set up the the appropriate delivery arrangements based on job site location, accessibility and/or delivery restrictions. Call for a delivery quote today!
Scheduling Your Delivery
When you place your order we will work with you to schedule the right time for your floors to be delivered to your job-site. Then, we will schedule with you an approximate arrival time frame and delivery date. Call for a delivery quote today!
What You Will Need To Know About Acclimation
All woods, some more than others, react to moisture by expanding when moisture is added to it or by shrinking or contracting when moisture is removed.The purpose of acclimating wood flooring before installing it is to allow the moisture content of the wood to adjust to “normal living conditions” at the site–that is, the temperature and humidity conditions that will typically be experienced once the structure is occupied.
Thus, it does no good at all–in fact, it is likely harmful–to store wood flooring at the job-site under conditions that don’t reflect those normal environmental conditions.
The wood flooring industry has done a good job in recent years communicating the message that wood flooring is a dynamic material subject to changes in dimension as a result of changes in humidity in the surrounding environment. That has led to increasing awareness of the need to acclimate wood flooring before installation. Unfortunately, some installers have heard the message as, “leaving wood flooring at the job-site for two weeks will properly acclimate the wood, no matter what the conditions are.”
In truth, some wood flooring may already be at the proper moisture content when it’s delivered. To allow it to sit at the job-site under excessively humid conditions will only cause the flooring to absorb unwanted moisture.
Different cuts of wood will also play a part in the amount of reaction to moisture. Normally plain sawn (horizontal grain) reacts about twice as much as riff sawn (vertical grain or quartersawn). The width of a board also can also affect stability of a floor i.e.; a 3″ wide board will shrink or expand half as much as a 6″ wide board.
So, the key message is not that acclimation is good, and that’s all you need to know. Rather, installers need to understand the dynamics of water and wood and make educated judgments about when and how much acclimation is required. To do so requires knowing what the moisture content of the flooring is at the time of delivery and what its expected moisture content will be “in use.”
In California, with our cool coastal climates to our drier inland areas, acclimating your flooring before installation is a must. For dryer areas the use of a humidifier incorporated into your heating system will keep the home climate more consistent year around and thus help eliminate any seasonal reaction of the flooring. For cooler coastal areas the use of a dehumidifier may be necessary to help eliminate any seasonal reaction of the flooring.