Frequently Asked Questions
How long does my hardwood flooring need to sit in my home before it is installed?
All hardwood flooring should acclimate to your homes moisture content 3-10 days BEFORE installation depending on season and conditions this could greatly vary and an EMC chart can be used to find acclimation point (in winter months when the air is drier it is possible to over acclimate 3-5 days could be sufficient ) summer more humid months may take longer and will require air conditioning for best results
Making sure the subfloor is close to the same moisture content as the flooring is best
How much extra flooring should I order?
Typically 10% extra is sufficient enough for your project.
How do I clean my hardwood floors after it's installed and finished?
It actually all depends on the finish you put on your hardwood flooring. Usually a floor wax is not really necessary, a slightly damp mop will work a lot of times and be enough to do the trick.
What types of wood are good for outside and exterior projects?
Western ceder and Redwood are some of the woods we deal a lot in that are really nice for exterior jobs. What has become really popular is thermally modified lumber. Check out our page on thermally modified products.
Are my trees in my yard valuable for lumber?
No..It's very unlikely that they are valuable to be milled up in lumber. Almost all yard trees will have nails, wire, etc. rendering them useless in the lumber industry.
What is the acceptable moisture content for interior wood used in homes?
NHLA (National Hardwood Lumber Association) rules 6-8% moisture content.
Whats the recommended humidity level inside a home that has interior wood products?
Inside your home, it should be between 45-60%. As long as the humidity doesn't fall below 45% no gaps will appear in planks nor will any other humidity problems occur in the winter time. To avoid cupping in the summer time, never allow humidity to rise more that 65%. Maintain optimal humidity levels by keeping air conditioning running during humid summer weather.
What's the advantage of solid wood vs finger-joint trim?
Finger-joint separates over time, but solid wood does not. Finger-joint is generally made out of pine.
What's the difference in cost between solid wood vs finger-joint trim?
Surprisingly, not much. Solid wood proves cheaper in the long run though, with noting it's durability.
How much does Phillips Lumber & Millwork charge for delivery?
Delivery costs all depend,not only on the distance needed to travel but also the size of the order.
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