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Who should do the moisture test before installing hardwood floors?

Asked by marialisa (464 points ) June 12th, 2011

Should the distributor, the installer or the home owner be responsible to perform this? Why is it smart to do? Is it necessary?
What will this test prevent ?

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Cruiser's avatar

I think it would be in the best interest of all parties involved to get the test done to establish a baseline for the conditions at time of installation in case there is a problem with shrinkage or buckling. IMO I would think the paid professional would take on that responsibility of verifying the right conditions exist before proceeding.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

They usually leave the hardwood floor, in piles, for anywhere from a week to two weeks in the room before the start the flooring process.

marialisa's avatar

@Tropical_Willie
So will that solve problem? I have put the boxes of flooring in the adjacent room for a week.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Usually they stay in THE room to be floored. Check with the flooring company.

marialisa's avatar

@Tropical_Willie They are the SAME temperature and humidity! I cant be tripping over 300 sq ft of flooring in boxes!!! ;) (In my living room)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Okay, talk with the flooring company.

chyna's avatar

You should have all these questions written out and ask the professionals these questions so you will have all your answers before you start and will know who is responsible for what before, during and after installation. I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it won’t do you any good if something comes up after installation and you say “well the people on Fluther said the installers were responsible.” It is best to have all your facts in front of you first from the people who sold you the flooring, then check those facts with the installation company.

Bellatrix's avatar

The installer did the moisture test for us. And the guy was fastidious about it too and I am thankful for that. It was part of our quote that they would do this work.

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