How Should I Stack My Oak Flooring?

18th Dec 2015

Prior to the fitting of your oak flooring, the boards should be given time to acclimatise to your surroundings. For this process, the boards should be left in the room in which they intend to be fitted. Solid oak flooring should be left for around 2 weeks to acclimatise. Engineered Oak Flooring normally requires around 10 days.

When stacking your oak flooring for the acclimatisation process, any wrapping or packaging should be removed, leaving the boards exposed. The boards should then be stacked in a way which allows airflow to travel around all sides of the board (see image below). The rows of oak flooring can be separated by dry, evenly sized supports.


The stack should be positioned away from any heat sources (such as radiators). In these warmer areas, the boards could excessively contract, meaning they do not truly acclimatise to your room. Likewise the boards should not be positioned in cooler areas or areas with excessive moisture - such as wet plastering pr paint. In these areas the boards will absorb the moisture, causing excessive expansion. When laying onto concrete, the moisture content of the subfloor should be checked to ensure that it is lower than 4%. This should be done prior to acclimatisation.

If you have any further questions regarding the stacking of your oak flooring, please give us a call on 01538 304584.

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