Ordering and Storing Your Wood Flooring

Any flooring materials supplier will be able to tell you the exact quantity and cost of the flooring you’ll need if you provide the exact measurements of the area, or preferably, a scale drawing.

Order enough flooring to al low for waste and to leave your self sortie extra pieces to put away for future repairs.

Wood flooring needs time to adjust to conditions in the room where it’s to be installed, so it’s important to plan well ahead. When you order, discuss the date of delivery with your dealer and make sure you’ll be ready to receive the materials and store them properly.

If the manufacturer and supplier have done their jobs well, your flooring will be delivered properly dried. If it’s allowed to absorb moisture at the building site, it will shrink and show cracks after it has been installed in a warm, dry room. So it should never be delivered in rain or snow unless well protected, and it should not be stored outside or in a cold or damp building.

If you’re dealing with a new house or room addition, have all doors and windows in place and the structure closed in before the flooring is delivered; wet plaster or masonry, which releases moisture into the air, should be allowed to dry thoroughly.

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New, unwrapped strip or plank flooring should be delivered at least 4 days before installation and stored, if possible, in the room in which it will be put down—or in any case in a warm, dry environment. The temperature and humidity should be close to levels that will be normal for the flooring’s new home. Untie the bundles and stack the individual boards loosely (see drawing) so air can circulate through the stacks.

Wrapped flooring will have been packaged and sealed under ideal conditions and should be ready to install when it’s unwrapped.

Wood block flooring should be treated in the same basic way as new strip or plank flooring when delivered. Plan on unpacking it and storing it where it’s to be installed, at least 72 hours before beginning installation, but not until the humidity and temperature are approximately the same as they’ll be when the room is occupied.

Some block flooring, particularly prefinished flooring, is packed in sealed cartons. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before unpacking it.

When you unpack new wood block flooring, stack it loosely so that air can circulate around the individual pieces.

Hardwood floor products may be categorized as follows:


  • Columbia
  • Dales Collection by Columbia
  • Duro Design
  • Exdura
  • FloorAge
  • Harris Woods
  • Hawa Johnson
  • Junckers
  • Kahrs
  • Landmax
  • Lauzon
  • LM Flooring
  • Mannington
  • Mohawk
  • Mullican
  • Natural Floors
  • Pinnacle
  • Pioneered Wood
  • Plank Floor by Owens
  • Preverco
  • Robbins
  • Saso
  • Scandian Wood Floors
  • SFI Floors
  • Somerset
  • South Moutain Hardwood
  • Stepco
  • SunFloor
  • TRB Flooring Company
  • Trueloc
  • Ua FloorsVersini
  • Vifah
  • Virginia Vintage
  • Westhollow Wood
  • Wood Flooring International
  • Woodstock Hardwood
  • Zickgraf


  • Less than $3.00
  • $3.00 - $3.99
  • $4.00 - $4.99
  • $5.00 - $5.99
  • $6.00 - $6.99
  • $7.00 - $7.99
  • $8.00 and Up

Wood Species:

  • Ash
  • Bamboo
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cherry
  • Chestnut
  • Exotic
  • Hickory
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Other
  • Pearwood
  • Pecan
  • Pine
  • Walnut


  • 1/4"
  • 5/16"
  • 21/64"
  • 3/8"
  • 7/16"
  • 1/2"
  • 9/16"
  • 3/4"
  • 5/8"


  • Engineered
  • Parquet
  • Solid
  • Wood Veneer


  • 2-1/4" to 2-3/4"
  • 3" to 4-3/4"
  • 5" to 6-3/8"
  • 7" to 9-1/8"
  • 10" and Up

Installation Type:

  • Float
  • Glue
  • Glue, Float
  • Glue, Nail
  • Glue, Nail, Float
  • Nail
  • Nail, Float

Tongue & Groove Type:

  • Click
  • Glue


  • Light
  • Medium
  • Dark

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