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When discussing the types of flooring options with a homeowner we make it a point to educate them as much as possible on more than just the floor covering. We make sure they understand moisture and relative humidity as it pertains to the type of subfloor in their home. We like to make sure the homeowner understands the ambient environment in their home and how it affects the floor covering they are considering. Understanding the installation guidelines for each product and being able to apply those guidelines to each home’s unique circumstances requires more knowledge than just the ability to physically install a product.
Prior to the site finishing of a solid hardwood floor moisture readings are taken to verify the wood and plywood have acclimated properly and met EMC. (Equilibrium Moisture Content)
Checking the moisture content in the slab is necessary prior to installation to prevent warping or cupping of the new hardwood floors or non adhesion of the glue for an engineered wood floor.
Confirming the concrete slab is flat to the wood manufacturer's
guidelines prior to installation, typically 1/8" to 3/16" of an inch within a 10-foot radius ensures proper installation.