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acclimatise your laminate floor

23 Feb 2023

Why you should acclimatise your laminate flooring

When it comes to installing laminate flooring, acclimatisation is an essential step that should not be overlooked. Acclimation refers to the process of allowing your laminate flooring to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room in which it will be installed. In this blog post, we will explore why acclimatising your laminate floor is important and how you should do it.

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Why Is Acclimatisation Important?

Acclimatisation is important because it helps prevent problems that can occur after installation due to changes in temperature and humidity. If your laminate flooring does not acclimate properly, it may expand or contract after installation, causing gaps between boards or even warping. This can lead to a variety of issues such as uneven floors, creaking noises, and potentially costly repairs.

How Should You Acclimatise Your Laminate Floor?

The first step in acclimatising your laminate floor is to remove any packaging from the boxes and allow them to sit in the room where they will be installed for at least 48 hours before installation begins. This allows the flooring planks to adjust to the temperature and humidity levels of their new environment.

During this time, make sure that the room’s temperature is maintained at a consistent level between 60-80°F (15-27°C) with a relative humidity level of around 30-50%. This helps ensure that your laminate planks are adjusting properly without being exposed to extreme conditions that could cause damage.

It’s also important during this time not to stack planks on top of each other as this can interfere with proper acclimation. Instead, lay them flat on the ground with spacers between each plank so air can circulate around them.

After 48 hours have passed, inspect your planks for any visible signs of damage or defects before beginning installation. If you notice any issues, contact your supplier immediately before proceeding with installation.

In conclusion, while acclimatising your laminate floor may seem like an unnecessary step in the installation process, taking the time to do so can save you from potentially expensive repairs down the road. By following these simple steps outlined above, you can help ensure a successful and long-lasting installation for your new laminate flooring. Hopefully now we have answered why you should acclimatise your laminate floor.


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