Certified hardwood flooring is kiln-dried at the factory to a low moisture content. However, moisture content later equalizes itself to the moisture conditions in the area where the flooring is used. The flooring must be protected from the elements during storage and delivery to guard against excessive shrinkage or expansion, which may cause cracks or buckling after the floor has been laid.
Hardwood flooring is a great investment for your home improvement projects, to beautify your home. So you need to take extra care with the storage of your hardwood flooring, so it does not get damaged before it ever get’s installed.
Hardwoods are available as strip flooring in a variety of widths and thicknesses and as random-width planks, parquetry, and block flooring.
Do not unload, truck, or transfer hardwood flooring in rain or snow. Cover it with tarpaulin if the atmosphere is foggy or damp, this is very important.
Flooring should be stored in airy, well-ventilated buildings, preferably with weather tight windows that will admit sunlight. Never ever store outside on a new construction site.
Do not pile flooring on storage floors that are less than 18′ from the ground and which do not have good air circulation underneath the floor.
Do not store or lay flooring in a cold or damp building. Wait until the plaster and concrete work have dried thoroughly and all but the final woodwork and trim have been installed.
Heated to 70 Degrees
Especially in winter construction, the building in which the flooring is to be used should first be heated to 70 degrees F. Then the flooring should be stored in the building at least four or five days before being laid. This permits the flooring to reach a moisture content equivalent to that of the building.