Laminate flooring must be acclimatized to the humidity and temperature of the installation environment for 24 to 72 hours before it can be installed.
What happens if I don’t acclimate laminate flooring?
Unless you acclimate laminate flooring prior to installation, the planks may expand or contract as they adjust to the room’s humidity and temperature. If the planks expand or contract, this could cause buckling or gaps at the joints.
Do you really need to acclimate laminate flooring?
It is critical to acclimate a laminate floor immediately prior to installation in order to minimize movement. Before you start laying the floor, you should wait at least 48 hours in the room where the installation will take place.
How long does flooring have to acclimate?
Getting wood flooring used to the job site begins with proper storage. The boards should be cross-stacked and spaced apart to promote air flow. Materials should acclimate for no more than three days, as recommended by most manufacturers.