Moisture conditions, temperature and humidity levels play an important part in flooring installation than most would like to think. The success of every installation and the return on your investment rely not so much on how you have installed your floors but more so on how you’ve acclimated your new wood flooring to your homes.
A close watch on your job sites moisture conditions should be done before, during and after installation. Because environmental conditions greatly affect the behavior of wood, humidity and temperature should always be controlled to avert potential disaster. Problems happen when you see your floors swelling or shrinking weeks or months after you have installed your floors.
Do It Yourself
While all professional installers are equipped with the more expensive moisture meters, you can perform your own moisture testing using common materials found in your local hardware or supply store.
All you will need are some polyfilm and duct tape and you can conduct your own moisture testing for concrete subfloors. Cut several small pieces of polyfilm and place it on several locations in your job site. Seal the edges with the duct tape and let it sit for 24 to 48 hours. If condensation occurs, you have got some moisture problems that need to be addressed.
For wood subfloors you will want a professional moisture meter.