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The Importance of Wood Flooring Acclimation in a Commercial Setting

By Jason Spangler

The topic is the importance of wood flooring acclimation in a commercial setting. With more wood being used commercially it is imperative the product being specified and installed be understood whether solid or engineered wood. Without proper acclimation in a controlled environment the chances of having a problem are virtually inevitable. The purpose of acclimating the wood is to achieve an equilibrium moisture content (EMC) with its surroundings. What happens if you don’t acclimate wood floors? If the wood flooring doesn’t reach a point of EMC with its environment before being installed, it will expand or contract based on whether it’s absorbing moisture from the atmosphere or releasing it. If the expansion or contraction is significant, the flooring will cup, warp, crack, or gap.

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Jason Spangler is flooring division sales manager for Wagner Meters.

The Commercial Flooring Report is provided by Lewis Migliore, president of LGM and Associates, which offers technical flooring services, including help or guidance with a new flooring project or a failure on an existing floor. Contact him at lgmtcs@optilink.us

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posted on 8/17/2018