In most cases, moisture problems can be avoided before they occur by practicing good installation procedures. The first step in a successful installation is to make sure that the wood to be installed is acclimated to the job site properly. This means that the job site needs to be as close to normal living conditions as possible before installation begins. If the installation will take place during the winter months, chances are the heating system will be turned on, and that the job site will be sealed tight. This situation typically causes the job site to have drier than normal living conditions.
Conversely, if the installation will take place during the summer months, chances are that the air conditioning system will be turned on, and that the job site will be exposed to environmental elements more readily. This situation typically causes the job site to have wetter than normal living conditions. As a general rule, the goal is that the relative humidity of the job site should be within the range of the yearly average for the geographic area. Extreme variations on one side or the other will cause problems down the road.