In the beginning, the only environmental requirement for wood flooring installation was that the house be “dried in”. In other words, the roof was on and windows were in place to prevent rain from getting on the floor. Many inner city homes, mid-town homes and country homes built in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s are still standing with wood flooring in place and performing to the satisfaction of the owners. This is in spite of the lack of environmental controls at installation and minimal control before the advent of air conditioning and central heating systems. These older homes do have some issues with the floors such as gaps and noises, but these can be minimal.
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