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How long does it take for Brazillian Cherry Hardwood flooring to acclimate to room temp before installed?

Asked by marialisa (464 points ) June 6th, 2011

I just picked up my Brazillian Cherry flooring hardwood ¾ inch. It is in my hot garage right now. I need to bring it in the house and let it acclimate to my house temp. How long should I let it acclimate before the install?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

The longer the better, but at least a week.

marinelife's avatar

“You will then need to start preparing for the job. Take the Brazilian cherry into the room in which it is going to be installed. Leave it there for approximately 24 to 48 hours so that it can acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room. This will prevent future problems of expansion and contraction after you have it installed.”

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SpatzieLover's avatar

I agree with @WestRiverrat…the longer the better. Not only to acclimate to your home’s temp, but also the humidity level.

The past owner’s of our home made a large mistake in the dining room, which some year, I have to get around to having corrected. They had the flooring installed in summer in full August humidity, with no A/C running…the floor looks good only if our home is hot & humid (which is never, since we run the A/C).

Dutchess_III's avatar

nardwood?

marialisa's avatar

@Dutchess_III as in narly hardwood= nardwood.

Anyway, my house is very cool at a temp of 75 degrees.

Dutchess_III's avatar

—It’s a real word? Or you yankin my chain?—

marialisa's avatar

@Dutchess_III I forgot to write…LOL!!! lol

Coloma's avatar

And unbundle it, lay the planks/boards out separately, then you can also look for flaws or warping in the individual planks.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@marialisa LOL! I was lookin for a smiley face or something, but didn’t find one. But, you know, I like that word! Can I keep it?

WestRiverrat's avatar

Yes, definately unbundle it. Then you can look at the grain of wood and decide where you want to put the best looking pieces.

marialisa's avatar

@Dutchess_III

You may have it. Please use it in a sentence for me though. ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

“Geez. That guy is a total nardwood!” It just works, see!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Toddaly Noddly!

Bellatrix's avatar

We just had a hard wood floor laid and we were told to leave it at least a couple of weeks.
And yes, unpack it. We had ours sitting in the rumpus room unpacked.

Judi's avatar

I wouldn’t unbundle it unless you had extra room to lay it all out flat. (and still get around) if you don’t lay it out flat you could cause it to warp.
How long you let it acclimate depends on the climate change from where you got it.
We are in the process of laying about 1500 sq ft of bamboo. It came from Washington to Central California so we let it acclimate for a couple of weeks. All the boards seem straight as a string, which is more than I can say for the last bamboo we laid. There were a lot of warped boards in that batch, but it still looked great once it was down. You just use those warped boards as cut pieces at the beginning or end of a run.

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