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Some floor installers have warned me against buying hardwood floors from home renovation stores (box stores) because they claim that the wood is stored at sub-optimal humidity for months prior to sale which damages it.

Other installers I've talked to say that buying from these stores is fine, so long as I let the hardwood soak in the humidity of the house where it will be installed prior to installation.

Who is right?

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  • Are we talking actual hardwood like tongue and groove, or that Pergo s***? The problem with manufactured "hardwood" floors is it's bleepin rubbish, not that it's been stored wrong. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Aug 16 '17 at 2:35
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    You should let your hardwood climitize no matter where you purchase it and monitor with a moisture meter. If the wood is not checked from drying two fast and the moisture content is correct I don't think anyone will be able to tell after the floor is finished or in 5, 10 years. – Ed Beal Aug 16 '17 at 2:37
  • @Harper As far as I can tell, I am talking about actual hardwood: renodepot.com/en/hardwood-flooring-71415037 – Gili Aug 16 '17 at 4:21

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