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Which Is The Best Season To Fit A Wood Flooring

Wood floor fitting in winter and summer

You want to start planning a fitting of a new wooden floor, but you are not sure whether or not the season is appropriate for undertaking such a project? Well, we are about to answer your questions thoroughly today and make sure you are not tossing and turning in your sleep anymore! Be sure to stay tuned, if you are interested in starting a wood floor installation project or you have one already planned, but you are afraid that spring showers, summer’s heat, autumn’s weather or winter’s cold and ice can seriously affect your plans.

Generally, when speaking of a home improvement project such as laying a brand-new floor, you need to be aware of the fact that it is not an overnight service, but a whole process that needs planning. To be patient and take some time to do your research and management without rushing things out is the best recommendation we can provide you with.

We understand the excitement to have everything done in a shorter time and enjoy a renewed, updated and more comfortable home the way you want it as soon as possible. Looking at floor installation as a long-running project, you would be able to manage the entire project and your time, budget and effectiveness in a better and more successful manner.

Planning a layout, the best colours to suit your interior and to compliment your décor, choosing the right type of flooring for the needs and requirements of your home and household, managing the whole process and more, it all takes some significant piece of time and this is why you need to allow yourself enough time to work on all details along the process, so you can be completely happy and satisfied with the final result. After all, the floor is not for a day and it is a pretty serious investment you can make with a light head.

What you need to keep in account when planning a wood floor fitting project

Parquet blocks damaged due to high humidity environmentGenerally speaking, there are no certain rules you can follow that will lead you to a smoothly running project or the best results. However, there are a few ideas and hints that is better to be covered and discussed before the installation projects start.

Overall, purchasing and having installed a new wooden floor is a very smart and good investment. The floors from real wood are made to last for a long, long time, which means that you do not need to worry about replacing your floor and going through the same stressful and money-consuming process every few years.

They are also very sturdy and solid, hard-wearing and can survive pretty much a lot of issues and problems that can otherwise destroy other types of flooring. Not to underestimate the fact that hardwood products are also very beautiful, stylish and elegant and can add so much to your interior design, complimenting several styles and decors.

If you have already decided that you want a wooden floor, then there is no more need for us to add more superlatives and positive facts about how beneficial your decision will be. However, wood floor fitting is something we would like to throw some light on. Generally speaking, the process of installation is not going to cause any particular inconvenience or any massive disruption to your day-to-day life. The service itself takes just a few hours, depending on the size of the room, where the installation is planned, also whether or not you have purchased an unfinished or prefinished product.

Balancing timescales and budget is pretty much an easy management project for you. However, if you are planning other home improvement projects along such as painting the walls and other sorts of minor or major refurbishments around the house, then be sure to plan them before the installation project. Organising a service or help to remove an already existing floor is also recommended for you to plan. Finally, wood floor fitting projects are often impacted by the climate conditions and environment, so planning the installation project with keeping the specific seasonal conditions and situations in mind is highly recommended.

How can seasonal changes impact your home improvement plans?

Measuring the moisture with damp metreWood is a natural product and even when cutting into floorboards, it remains natural, having a natural response to its environment. Wood has a porous structure that reacts to the changes in the environment and seasonal changes.

Due to higher or lower humidity and moisture levels, wood boards can start expanding or shrinking that affects their size. As you may guess, the changes in the size of the boards are what can prevent your floor fitting project from uniform, even appearance and perfect outcomes. Leaving the floorboards to acclimatise to their new environment before installation is a very important part of the whole process.

This usually takes a couple to a few days, depending on if it comes to engineered wood, that takes a bit longer, or solid wood floorboards. Acclimatisation is what can guarantee a smooth-running process and remarkable results as well as sturdy and solid floor’s structure at the end. Other environmental conditions you need to keep in an account are the indoor moisture and humidity levels as well as the moisture level of the subfloor. Excessive moisture is the main reason for major issues.


UK’s spring is known for the showers and rains. With increasing the moisture levels outside the house, we can assume that the moisture level inside the house is also affected and increased. This pretty much means that spring is not the best time to undertake any installation project. The higher the moisture levels, the more expanding of the floorboards you can expect, which means that once the wood gets to its natural condition, there might be gaps in between the boards expected. The absorbed moisture is the main problem wood floor fitters struggle with when installing a floor in the spring season.

Floor installation in summer

As it is with the UK’s summer, we can most certainly expect a pretty humid climate. Humidity, just as it is with moisture, leads to expanding of wood and its porous structure. Having your wooden floor installed in summer can lead to the floorboards to become more prone to distortion due to the higher humidity level.

During autumn

Ideally, autumn is the best season to undertake a wood floor laying project. The average UK’s autumn climate is associated with less humidity and less moisture, which make the environment just about the most appropriate one for fitting the floorboards. Because many wooden planks are fitted with a wood adhesive, you need to also keep in account the fact that the adhesive might require some specific conditions to dry out and ensure a strong liaison such as specific temperature and humidity level of indoor air. In the summertime, air conditioning is certainly going to affect the indoor environment as it will do heating in the wintertime.

In winter

Generally speaking, wintertime for many people is the most inconvenient time of the year for planning and undertaking home improvement projects including wood floor fitting. Because when temperatures start to drop down we are willing to spend more time inside the house, such a project might cause some disruption to your day-to-day life. Furthermore, in wintertime when we use heating, heating has a drying effect and causes lower moisture levels than average. However, if the floorboards have already absorbed some moisture before installation, during manufacturing or the transportation process, once they are installed in this dryer environment they can get swollen and pulled apart.

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