Troldtekt panels should acclimatise for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks before installation.
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 that is expected to be in the room when the building starts being used. Under these conditions, it is recommended to acclimatise the panels for 2 weeks or more before installation. The time for acclimatisation depends on the relative humidity and the air change in the room.
Optimum acclimatisation is achieved by ‘battening up 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. You should therefore not start installing Troldtekt until the building is completely sealed and the room reaches a temperature and humidity as in the use phase. 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 the panels without acclimatising first, the panels are at risk of shrinking when they dry, which may result in small 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.
Troldtekt panels should also be acclimatised when installed in wet rooms or outdoors.