It is important that the Troldtekt panels are allowed to acclimatise prior to installation. Acclimatisation means that the panels must adapt to the temperature and humidity in the room where they are to be installed.
Under these conditions it is recommended to acclimatise the panels for 1-2 weeks or more before installation. Optimum acclimatisation is achieved by ‘battening the panels’ – i.e. by placing battens between the panels and ensuring good ventilation in the room in question.
Troldtekt is a purely natural material consisting of approx. 50% wood, and the panels will therefore ‘work’ to achieve the same temperature and humidity level as their surroundings – like e.g. wooden floors do. Therefore, you should not start installing Troldtekt before the building works have been completed and the heating turned on.
The Troldtekt panels have undergone a drying process before leaving the factory in Troldhede, but during transport or storage, the panels may absorb moisture again.
If you install Troldtekt panels without prior acclimatisation, the panels may shrink when they dry up, thus creating small shrinkage cracks. If the panels absorb moisture after installation, they will merely push into each other. There is consequently no risk of the panels expanding so much so that they push to other building parts.