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Pre-Installation Jobsite Requirements

Carefully examine the flooring prior to installation for grade, color, finish and quality. Ensure adequate lighting for proper inspection. If flooring is not acceptable, contact your distributor immediately and arrange for replacement. Wood Flooring International cannot accept responsibility for flooring installed with visible defects. Prior to installation of any flooring, the installer must ensure that the jobsite and subfloor meet the requirements of these instructions. Wood Flooring International is not responsible for flooring failure resulting from unsatisfactory jobsite and/or subfloor conditions.

Hardwood flooring should be one of the last items installed for any new construction or remodel project. All work involving water or moisture should be completed before flooring installation. Warning – water and wood do not mix. Installing flooring onto a wet subfloor will likely cause cupping and subsequent gapping.

Room temperature and humidity of installation area should be consistent with normal, year-round living conditions for at least a week before installation of wood flooring. Room temperature of 65-75°F and a humidity range of 35-65% is recommended. Warning - humidity levels below 35% will likely cause movement in the flooring, including gapping between pieces and possible cupping and checking in the face.

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Wood Flooring International cannot be held responsible for site conditions.

Solid wood flooring (Unfinished and Pre-finished) MUST be equalized properly before installation. Please follow our instructions on equalizing your solid wood flooring.

Engineered wood floors DO NOT need any moisture equalization prior to iinstallation and should be installed from just opened boxes. DO NOT OPEN more than a few boxes in advance of installation and only the number of boxes which will be installed within the next few hours.

Store Engineered wood flooring in the UNOPENED boxes at installation area for 24-72 hours before installation to allow flooring to adjust to room temperature. Do not store the boxes of flooring directly on concrete. DO NOT OPEN THE BOXES PRIOR TO INSTALLATION

WARNING: Wood Flooring International's SingleStrip Australian Cypress is particularly succesptible to failure if installed over wet subfloors as the moisture will wick through the knots from below. This will cause the finish to blister above the knots. Make sure you isntall a moisture barrier if there is any possibility that the subfloor iis wet now or will become wet in the future.