Hardwood flooring, humidity, and the need for acclimation

Hardwood flooring, humidity, and the need for acclimation

Because hardwood is a beautiful floor covering, most homeowners choose it for their dream home. Not surprisingly, the return on investment when you add hardwood flooring to your home is high, and your home appreciates it.

When shopping for wood flooring in Hartford, CT, choose Elite Flooring Specialist and let the journey begin!  

Moisture content

Moisture content can cause wood to expand or contract, which means planks change in size with humidity and temperature fluctuation.

Minor changes are natural but substantial changes can damage wood flooring. Acclimation allows planks to adjust to a new environment so that the moisture content of the wood matches room conditions. 


Per the National Wood Flooring Association, installers should "ensure that wood flooring is within an acceptable range of moisture content with the wood subfloor" before installation.

The Elite Flooring Specialist installation team is quite familiar with the hardwood flooring acclimation process, and we guarantee that there will be no structural problems after new floors have been laid.


The installation process includes an expansion gap that allows the hardwood flooring to expand and contract naturally with changes in surroundings.

Once the floor is installed in your home, it's essential to maintain a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees with a relative humidity range of 35 percent to 55 percent. Also, be sure to eliminate any hot or cold spots.

Choose our showroom for your hardwood floors

Locally-owned Elite Flooring Specialist installs and sells hardwood floors in Hartford, CT, and other communities in our service areas, like West Hartford, Avon, Glastonbury, Farmington, Simsbury, Southington, and Cheshire.

We refinish wood flooring and offer kitchen and bathroom remodeling and design consultation services. Shop at Elite Flooring Specialist today for the hardwood flooring style ideal for your home.