Hardwood flooring and temperature/humidity control
The instructions that came with our flooring and with the recommended
adhesive say to allow everything to stabilize for at least 72 hours in
the place where the flooring is to be laid. That's not so much of a
problem -- except that somebody keeps opening windows and turning off
HOWEVER, in the course of searching the web for something else, I found a
flooring manufacturer's/vendor's (don't recall the name or URL) Web site
saying that once you have installed hardwood flooring, the humidity must
be maintained at 40% to 45% at all times. I've never read that anywhere
Well, it certainly could be true the site said it, but...
It's highly unlikely _any_ house is within such a narrow range all the
time, particularly in winter in colder areas.
Assuming it is laid on suitable subflooring per directions, I'd not be
I've forgotten the exact order of the words but there's a Hardwood
Flooring Manufacturers' Association web site that is pretty informative.
I'm sure searching the web it will find it and you can read what the vendor
trade organization has to say...
I would presume such a restrictive requirement would have to related to
some specific problem/product/concern, not general solid strip hardwood
flooring which has been a staple since long before the advent of
whole-house A/C, central heat, etc., ...
else. That surely can't be true, can it? The person who keeps opening
windows here says she can't live in a house where she can't open windows.
Get her a nice tent and put it in the front yard for her to live in
and just enjoy your house like any civilized gentleman would. This
time of year there are all manner of totally marvelous tents and other
outdoor gear discounted for the end of season sales. Put some icing on
the cake by getting her a spiffy convertible to drive, preferably a
classic British roadster that takes several people half an hour to put
the top up (which siphons water on the lap anyway when it rains). HTH