How to Acclimate Reclaimed Wood Flooring, Paneling, Decking & Siding
As a customer, there are a few things you need to know about your newly purchased reclaimed wood products. Wood is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs or releases moisture based upon the changing conditions in the environment, primarily ambient humidity and temperature. This results in wood arriving to your location potentially at a different moisture content than what is required for your installation. In order to make your reclaimed wood products look and feel their best, you need to acclimate them. Wood naturally has certain levels of moisture in it at all times. This is nothing to worry about so long as you treat the wood correctly.
Acclimation of wood products is one of the most significant things you can do to attain the best-looking installation possible. Acclimation is when you allow the wood time to adjust its moisture content to the environment that it will be installed in. Failure to acclimate wood products may result in cupping, warping, gaps, splits, or other issues before, during, or after installation.
Please refer to the TerraMai requirements for acclimation of the type of wood products below.