The most important thing to understand is that wood flooring is a living and breathing material. Wood is affected by its environment and can react drastically to changes in temperature and humidity. Like all living things, it performs best in a stable environment, in equilibrium with temperature and humidity.
Once your wood floor has been purchased, we will provide you and your contractor a full installation guide with detailed information on installation strategies and requirements.
Some of the highlights include:
- Only an experienced installer should install your new wood floor.
- Never have the floors delivered before the job site is closed up, dry, and the climate control fully operational. It is of vital importance that the humidity and temperature level is under control.
- Your wood floor should acclimate for a minimum of 3 days prior to installation. More importantly, the floor’s moisture content must be in equilibrium with the subfloor and overall job site.
- Drastic changes in temperature or humidity will result in the cracking, cupping, warping, and splitting of the wood floor.
For full installation instructions, please refer to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Guidelines. There are specific sections in the guidelines regarding the proper installation of solid wood floors, engineered wood floors, installing over radiant heat, as well as over a concrete slab. Make sure to follow the right guidelines for your particular application.
TONGUE AND GROOVE | END MATCH
Madera offers four types of flooring that include both solid and engineered options. Each type has its own unique set of characteristics, considerations, and price range. All of our floors feature tongue and groove and end matching for ease of installation.
Most wood floors that are finished in advance come with an edge micro bevel. A bevel is a machine-made angled cut on the ends and edges of each board. The purpose of a bevel is to allow floorboards that have been finished in advance to come together without creating sharp edges (over/under wood). There is no need for bevels on unfinished floors, as they will be sanded flat on site before a finish is applied. Although Madera recommends a micro bevel we do offer a square edge option as long as the installer and contractor understand the limitations of such a floor. An alternative to a micro bevel is a custom “eased edge” or "hand-scraped edge." An eased edge is created by rounding the edges of a floor with a sander. Eased edges are softer and more natural looking than the micro bevel. More information on a hand-scraped edge can be found on our finish page.