Moisture Testing

Moisture conditions,

Humidity levels and temperature play and vital role in a successful flooring installation. To make your installation a success you need to make tests in several areas of the room or rooms you intend to lay the wood flooring. You must also acclimatize your wood floor as requested by the manufacturer's installation instructions.  Failure to check your job site before laying your new floor can end in disaster, with your floor swelling or shrinking weeks or months after you have installed it.

While all professional installers are equipped with moisture meters, it is possible to perform your own moisture testing using common materials found in your local hardware store.

Method 1.

The Rubber Mat Test

Lay a smooth rubber mat on the concrete sub floor, place a weight on the top to prevent moisture from escaping and allow it to remain for 24hrs.(Do this test in different areas of the floor). If the covered area shows water marks when it is removed too much moisture is present. (If water is present you will need a professional to take a look).

Method 2

The Polyethylene Film Test

All you will need is polyethylene film and duct tape, Tape one foot sq of polyethylene film to the concrete sub floor and seal the edges with duct tape. If after 24hrs there is no clouding or drops of moisture on the underside of the polyethylene film the concrete can be considered dry enough to install a wood floor.

For wood subfloors you will need moisture meter although most wood sub floors are fine. (If in doubt we recommend consulting a professional fitter)