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How Long Should The Flooring Acclimate Prior To Installation?

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Published: Updated: 6 comments 1 minutes read

When speaking with your flooring installer, or reading your installation instructions, you may learn that you need to acclimate your flooring before you install your laminate flooring.

How Long Do I Acclimate My Flooring?

The recommended time for acclimation is 48 to 72 hours.

Why is the Time so Long?

The reason for this acclimation time is to allow the flooring to acclimate to the room temperature. Be sure that while this process is taking place, you have the room temperature set between 59°F to 68°F with a relative humidity of 50%-60%. Acclimation time may depend on the manufacture brand, so be sure to refer to the installation instructions to find the acclimation hours, room temperature, and relative humidity recommendation specific to your flooring brand.

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sineke schmidt January 16, 2020 - 11:36 pm

My laminate floor is buckling and must be fixed. I do not want to remove my skirting. Can I cut a groove around the skirting and then how and with what and then put a finishing strip around the skirting? Is this possible?

Alana Kane January 21, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Do you want to add a quarter round around the skirting? If you can unclick you laminate without taking it up and re-install with a gap, it should be fine. I believe you will have a hard time getting the last row uninstalled without taking your skirting off.

Kelley P June 21, 2019 - 8:46 pm

Does sheet vinyl need to be unrolled to acclimate prior to installation?

Alana Kane June 25, 2019 - 11:16 am

Hi Kelley! No, it will acclimate while it is still rolled.

Eileen Strumpf June 8, 2018 - 9:31 am

Do I have to leave a 1/4 inch space all around my kitchen floor for expansion?? Using a laminate flooring??

Alana Kane June 8, 2018 - 1:54 pm

Hi Eileen, thanks for your question. Yes, you will need to leave a 1/4 inch expansion gap along the perimeter. A quarter round or finishing molding will easily cover this!


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