Testing the moisture content in hardwood flooring is vital to ensuring the product has acclimated and won’t cup, crown or otherwise fail. According to manufacturers of moisture testing meters, too many installers and contractors skip this important step and roll the dice on owning the cost of the job. We asked several manufacturers to share their answers to some common questions about moisture testing protocols and products.
Grete Heimerdinger, vice president, Lignomat: “Measurements with any moisture meter, whether pin or pinless, are accurate when corrections for the wood species have been applied. This is easy for solid hardwood floors, because there is no question about the correction settings for the wood species. The installer can use the correction setting given by the manufacturer of the moisture meter.