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Flooring 101 Home Flooring FAQs From Stores, Customers and Installers Best Products for Desert or Coastal Areas

Best Products for Desert or Coastal Areas



What products are best for the desert or coastal areas of the country?   What is the "Green House effect"?

Hi Bob,

It was a pleasure meeting you at Lumber Liquidator University. I have a question for you.

Here in the desert most of the population leaves for the summer months due to the heat and return about the end of October early November. A few do not maintain the recommended temperature and humidity environment in their homes when away. The temperatures in these homes can reach 90 degrees! consistently with the air turned off. What I have heard and read is that keeping the temperature consistent between 60 and 80 degrees is important to maintaining solid hardwood and engineered floors.

I have a customer that wants to put an engineered hand scraped floor in their home, they too leave for the summer. Would this work in their home? What are the customer's options? What floors are most appropriate?

Thanks again for your help,

Store Manager

Palm Desert, Ca.

The Lumber Liquidator University seminars have proved beneficial for reviewing product knowledge and installation principles.

It is true that wood floors and related components perform best when maintained at in-home temperatures of 60- 80 and humidity levels around 30%-50%. It's worth noting that these optimum moisture levels were originally established through laboratory testing by The United States Department of Agricultural (USDA). Later governing bodies of hardwood organizations like The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and The National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA) -have published and taught these findings to better assist hardwood installers and to provide reasonable standards for consumer expectations. Lumber Liquidators endorses these standards.

Therefore in view of USDA research, the NWFA guidelines and the installation instructions, wood flooring owners now have the knowledge available to them on how to get the best from their floorings. With this in mind all Lumber Liquidators flooring products can be used with success in dry desert or moist coastal regions of the country by following the above in-home environmental recommendations and the products instructions.

Optimum conditioning of wood floorings

Laminate and cork should be maintained to an average temperature of 60 to 85 with humidity levels not to exceed 75%.

Engineered floorings are quite stable yet if maintained outside the recommended temperature range of 60 to 80 and humidity levels 30%-50% urethane finishes can stress, split or chip and the various layers bonded together can be negatively impacted prone to delamination

Solid wood flooring forever expands and contracts in relation to its environment. Wood can split, cup, peal or curl when in service outside the recommended levels. Fortunately wood becomes relatively dormant when the recommended in-home ventilation values are maintained and as an added bonus respiratory health improves

Customers choosing to leave their homes for extended periods of time without operating some sort of HVAC should prevent the dreaded "Green House effect" -a negative buildup of high heat (over 90) or humidity (exceeding 70%). The "Green House effect" can be lessened by providing fresh airflow through ventilation.

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Flooring 101 Home Flooring FAQs From Stores, Customers and Installers Best Products for Desert or Coastal Areas