How To Install Hardwood Flooring?

Making improvements to your new home, especially if you are doing a complete renovation, can take quite a bit of time. It can also set you back quite a bit, so you want to make sure that you get it right. There are some jobs that you might want to do that can be undertaken at any point in the year, including jobs like painting and papering, however there are others that are best dealt with during particular seasons. This is because temperatures and moisture content in the air can play a considerable impact on the results of the work.


If you want to make a real statement with new flooring in your home then you cannot beat the luxury and quality that you get from hardwood flooring. This type of flooring is best installed during the early autumn or even in the spring when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and the moisture content in the air, which can be very detrimental to any new wood floor, is at a reduced level.

The importance of weather on wood flooring installation

You might think that the moisture content in winter should not present any problems when installing hardwood flooring, but this is where many people are mistaken. The problem is as such; as well as being cold it can be very dry in the winter. This is due to central heating systems and their effects on the air circulating around the home. The dry air, which results from having the heating on, can cause the boards on your new floor to shrink. Ultimately, this could prove to be a costly mistake – especially when it comes to the longevity of your newly laid flooring. Not allowing your flooring to acclimatise properly could lead to cupping – this is where the boards will begin to pull apart. Installing in the autumn means that the weather will gradually get colder and then warmer again, as you put the heating on, without any huge jumps in temperature that can cause this issue.

Summer can be hot and muggy, and because hardwood is porous this can lead to the boards absorbing too much moisture from the atmosphere. This can be a problem as it can cause them to swell which in turn will lead to a floor that looks like it has been badly fitted.

The adhesives sometimes used in the installation of hardwood floor can also react to the temperature. Cooler weather can make it hard for them to bond properly, which could leave you with a badly fitted floor.

Open doors

If you are having your flooring fitted professionally then there is a good chance that the fitters will be in and out of your home fetching tools and more floorboards. This means that your doors will be open quite a bit. In the winter, it is likely that this will trigger your heating to turn on if you have it set to come on automatically and heat your home up every time the temperature drops due to the door being left open. This is not ideal and whilst it shouldn’t have any effect on your hardwood flooring it does mean your heating system will be working overtime to compensate.

If you’re looking to get wooden flooring laid before Christmas, it is best to speak to an experienced wood flooring specialist to ascertain how best to go about installing your floor so that it does not suffer any ill effects due to the temperature. A properly fitted wooden floor can add so much to your home’s aesthetics, so it’s vital you get it done properly so that it can look great for longer.

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