Yes, all types of bamboo flooring need time to acclimatise to their surroundings before they are installed. Bamboo is a natural product, so will react to changes in temperature and humidity in different environments. The bamboo flooring will naturally absorb any moisture in the air, causing it to expand, or it will loose moisture in a dry climate causing it to shrink. These changes are perfectly natural, but it is important to allow the flooring to adjust to its new surroundings before installation starts.
Although bamboo flooring is much more stable than hardwood flooring, it still needs to acclimatise for approximately 48 hours, in the room where it is going to be installed.
Quick guide to acclimatising bamboo flooring to its surroundings
1. Ensure your bamboo flooring is delivered to your property in plenty of time to allow time for the acclimatisation process to take place.
2. The packs of bamboo flooring should be left in the room or area where it is going to be installed.
3. Packs of bamboo flooring should not be left on a damp floor, or in a room where any plastering or paintwork is wet.
4. The bamboo flooring should be left to adjust to the conditions of the room/area for at least 48 hours before installation begins.