Even after 20 years in the wood flooring industry, I still get immense satisfaction when my tools are packed up in the van and I can admire the natural beauty of a newly completed job. For that wood floor to perform flawlessly throughout its projected 50- to 80-year life span, however, there are many crucial steps I have to carefully perform.

Accounting for moisture is the single most important factor when laying a hardwood floor. Understanding how moisture affects wood is not a mystical art taught only in the inner sanctum of the Temple of Wood Flooring, it’s common sense. Simply put, wood reaches a state of equilibrium with the relative humidity (RH) of the surrounding materials...

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