We just picked up about 500 sq ft of Unibord laminate flooring to finish
off the basement and had our friendly neighborhood jack of all trades
contractor try to get us to install it that day because it suited his
schedule. He said, "I've put 'em down fresh out of the box, no problem.
Warm store, warm van to carry it home, warm room in your house. Same
thing, pretty much."
Yeah. And "pretty much" will screw you every time, too.
I've watched the little 10-minute VHS tape that comes in the Uniboard
kits some time ago when it was sitting in my friend's video bin after he
installed his flooring, and Uniboard recommends that the plastic on each
bundle of board be opened and the bundles left to become acclimated to
your room(s) for at least 48 hours. So we told our contractor dude that
we'll be following the manufacturer recommendations, thankyouverymuch.
He wasn't happy because he had to go scratching for something else to do
somewhere else for 2 days, but fuck him, it's our house.
Likewise, I've seen a few of those DIY TV shows where the DIY'ers didn't
leave the bundles to set and -- surprise! -- they couldn't get the
planks to fit together properly.
Lesson #1 when it comes to any DIY project: Manufacturers include
instruction sheets for a reason. Read 'em and follow 'em. 'Nuff said.