While re-doing my barn/workshop I have reached the point where I will be putting in a new tongue and groove floor. The shop is not heated around the clock, only when I go out to work. It gets pretty cold here in New England so it is not uncomon to find the shop at about 20 degrees or maybe even a little less. Once the heat is turned on it warms up to 70 in about 30 minutes. My flooring is in our garage adjacent to the barn and it too isn’t heated.
My question is this. Can I install the tongue and groove flooring (6” pine) without heating the shop 24 hours a day for several weeks to acclamate the flooring. My sense is that if I install without keeping the shop and wood warm 24 hours a day I’m going to have a problem next summer when it gets humid and the floors expand with the heat.
I guess I’m looking for advice from anyone who has done this before. I don’t want to ruin all my flooring by installing it under the wrong set of circumstances.
Thanks for reading and I hope to hear some thoughts on my dilema.
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