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jtowndaisy
Acceptable gaps in new wood flooring?
jtowndaisy

Hi,

We are in the midst of having 2-inch strip hardwood installed. We noticed today after the crew left that in a number of places there are gaps along the long and butt ends. We have never had new wood flooring installed before and wondered if some gapping is acceptable. In one area, we will ask for a redo because it is not finished and will be fairly easy. But the gaps are in the middle of finished rooms in most cases.

Any insight is appreciated.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

There should be no gaps. Make them fix it all before nailing down one more board.

Mark each one with blue painters tape.

If they refuse to fix it, start looking for a better contractor.

jkirk
Re: Acceptable gaps in new wood flooring?
jkirk

just as houston mentioned. another thing to consider is the actual flooring itself. hardwood thats made over in china is known to not join together very well because of poor machining. its possible they drove the pieces together tight as possible and thats all they could do.

how big are the gaps is another thing

jtowndaisy
Re: Acceptable gaps in new wood flooring?
jtowndaisy
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

There should be no gaps. Make them fix it all before nailing down one more board.

Mark each one with blue painters tape.

If they refuse to fix it, start looking for a better contractor.

Thank you.

jtowndaisy
Re: Acceptable gaps in new wood flooring?
jtowndaisy
jkirk wrote:

just as houston mentioned. another thing to consider is the actual flooring itself. hardwood thats made over in china is known to not join together very well because of poor machining. its possible they drove the pieces together tight as possible and thats all they could do.

how big are the gaps is another thing

Nothing as big as 1/8 inch, but big enough to see standing over them and looking down.

It is quality flooring from Somerset

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Acceptable gaps in new wood flooring?
HoustonRemodeler

Take a few pieces and put them together. Can you make them all fit snugly? If you can, they they should be able to.

jkirk
Re: Acceptable gaps in new wood flooring?
jkirk

houston is correct about that. i have installed the cheap overseas stuff i mentioned earlier... mentioned to the h.o it looked like hell. homeowner (h.o) bought it from a building supply clearance center

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