When your flooring starts to look outdated, you may be tempted to get it replaced right away. But, you should wait until spring or fall because these are the best times of the year to replace flooring in your home. Here are the reasons why you should plan your flooring installation during these months:

Open Doors

Doors tend to be left open quite a bit when you have flooring installed. Old flooring needs to be carried out while new flooring needs to be carried in. Workers will be going in and out of your home frequently with supplies from their truck outside. If you have flooring installed during the summer or winter, your air conditioner or heater will have to work overtime to keep the temperature inside moderate.

Ventilation and Fresh Air

Flooring installation requires the use of several products that can cause strong odours or fumes in your home. Naturally, you will want to get rid of these unwanted chemicals in the air, and the best way to do it is by opening your windows. During carpet installation, adhesives, sealers, and stains can all emit noxious odours and fumes. You will want to get rid of these as soon as possible for your comfort and safety.

Moderate Humidity

All floor types, especially wood flooring, need to get accustomed to the indoor environment before they can be installed correctly. That means they must get used to the level of humidity inside or problems will arise. Wood flooring that is not stored in a warehouse or garage that is humidity controlled will absorb more moisture and swell. Outdoor humidity in the summer can be as high as 90%. Wood floors will dry out after installation if they are not adjusted to the humidity. Air conditioners act as a dehumidifier, changing the climate indoors. Alternatively, homes tend to get quite dry during the winter. As wood flooring dries out, it begins to shrink, which can lead to pulling or cracking.

If you must install wood floors during the winter, make sure to use a humidifier in your home. Likewise, if you install wood floors during the summer, you will need to run a dehumidifier or make sure your air conditioner is on to get rid of excess humidity. The humidity in your home should be between 35% to 60% when installing wood flooring, and it should be acclimated for one to two weeks. Spring and fall allow for acclimation to complete the fastest with least possible risk of issues since the home will likely not have too high or too little humidity.

If you want to replace your flooring before a holiday or party, plan ahead so that it is installed during the best times of the year so that you are ensured the best results. For a quote on your flooring installation, call Fairmount Flooring. We provide the highest quality of service for homes in the Whitby area.
Related: Flooring Buyers Guide.