Must you test moisture of hard wood before installing if...

Lyns06February 11, 2012

Hey guys!

I had a question regarding hard wood flooring. My husband and I have a lot of pine tongue and groove wood that we installed on the ceiling of our A-frame home.

We are building a new home and are wanting to install oak hard wood floors and were wondering if the same process applies.

With our current home and ceilings, we purchased the wood rough and let it acclimate in our home for 3-4 weeks (or better for some of the wood.. we worked kind of slowly!). We worked very hard to make the ceilings tight and have only a very few (2 maybe!?!?) places were there are any gaps and they are very, very slight.

My question is, if we do the same process of purchasing the hard wood rough and letting it acclimate for 3-4 weeks or better, will we still need to test the moisture of the wood, or can we count of having the same luck as we did with the pine ceilings?

Thanks a lot!

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I don't know what you mean by purchasing the wood "rough". Do you mean unfinished? If so, then that would be plenty of time to have it acclimate as long as you purchased from a reputable business. Checking moisture content is always a good idea though.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 3:19PM
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Will the wood be kiln dried? You should always check the moisture level of both the flooring material and the subfloor. Acclimating for X number of days isn't a reliable method.

Also, if your house is super dry, your wood is super dry, and you install it very tightly and then allow a lot of humidity in the summer, you may have the opposite problem of wood expanding and having nowhere to go but up.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2012 at 4:16PM
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Yes, I'm assuming it will be kiln dried. I guess I said "rough" meaning unfinished.. basically it will be purchased directly from the lumber mill. Does that help clarify?

I am not really familiar with moisture testers for wood, but I presume that would be a good investment, seeing as the floor is certainly one!

Could anyone guide me on what I need to look for in a moisture tester? Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 7:50PM
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Tramex wood moisture meters, are the brand all others try to measure up to.

Tramex Digital PRO.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 7:02PM
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Awesome, floorguy. Thank you!! I will check them out.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 7:32PM
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