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Old 10-19-2007, 12:16 PM   #1
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Waiting 48 hours before installing Pergo/Laminate flooring?

The instructions tell you to let the flooring sit for 48 hours in your installation area in the box closed up to "acclimate" to the climate of your home.

I guess I'm stuck huh? I was gonna buy it tonight and install it tomorrow but I can't imagine the climate in my Florida house being that much different than that of home depot
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Just follow the directions. I'm not sure what would happen if you didn't, but it could be something bad and very costly.
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I just let mine sit overnite and it was fine. Bought 5 boxes friday nite; and started install ~noon on Sat. That was 7 months ago and no issues yet.
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you will be o.k. overnight.....

is this a floating floor or is it glued down? let me know that and I can tell you what you may run into
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The humidity could be a lot different from HD to the inside of your house. But like others said, over night should be fine.
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had a friend who purchased the floor the night before (it was rainy and humid) and installed it the next morning. Within a few weeks he had major squeaking and problems because the planks shrunk just a little bit and it kinda looked like crap. He had to pull out a plank and use the plastic fake plank used to join them and put most of it back together again...when it was all said and done he had a gap on one side of the room and had to install another half-board.
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overnight should be o.k.

Alot of the laminated floors that are glued use a glue that has a memory...so as the wood expands/contracts the glue will return to the same space......If the wood it not acclimated before hand it could buckle or pop up in areas months down the road.


The floating type....your main thing is going to be to allow a gap around the whole perimiter and anything you cut to(door jams, vents, closets threshholds, etc.) If its too tight when the wood expands it will bow up and kind off flop around when you walk on it.
Another thing is when you nail down your shoe molding don't nail it throught the flooring this will do the same thing b/c that type floor needs to move.

If it is glued I would keep furniture and stuff off of it for a day or two.......
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Mine was the snap-together; full floating type.
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If you are in FL, wait the 48. Humidity is the issue. You want the flooring as dry as possible before installing.
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md -> it's a full floating floor... pergo click together stuff, in Florida as noted..

So I'm getting lots of votes for overnight.

I will be doing the 1/4" gap as the instructions note and nailing the edge to existing baseboard, and not the floor itself.
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I waited overnight. It's been almost 2 years and everything is fine. Just be careful and don't butt it up against opposing walls, it can buckle.

It's good stuff, I'm going to do another room next month!
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