had a natural wood floor installed… its mercier silver maple.?

5 months later and there are small spaces between some of the boards,,, I asked the hardwood floor installer and he says seeing it was natural wood, i...


5 months later and there are small spaces between some of the boards,,, I asked the hardwood floor installer and he says seeing it was natural wood, it would expand and contract??? Is this true?

Pissy is exactly right on the money w/ her complete answer..Follow her recommendations for a constant humidity in the house. This must be maintained 365 days the year w/ either a humidifier or dehumidifier.. A gap around the edge must be used when installing. This is for when the wood expands not contracts and has no barring on what your floor is doing… Any flooring questions you can e mai me through my avatar.. GL

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5 Responses to “had a natural wood floor installed… its mercier silver maple.?”

  1. arizonakal says:

    yes and no. Properly installed you shouldn't see gaps in the middle of the room. Wood will expand and contract but if there was a small gap left around the perimeter of the room and that was concealed by the baseboards then you wouldn't have spaces showing up elsewhere in the room. I would go above the installers head and talk to a supervisor or someone that will come out and inspect it.
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  2. pissy_old_lady says:

    It is true. Real hardwood flooring will expand and contract with humidity. It also depends on your board width, and how your hardwood was dried. Before installing, you should have had your boxes of wood sit in your home for a couple of days before installing. If your home is very dry (which it is extremely dry here right now), then you may see some spaces between your boards every here and there. When the humidity rises, they will fill in again. You home should be kept between 30-50% humidity for optimal care of your hardwood.
    Oh, and by the way…your hardwood will not expand/contract at the wall, it only will width wise and so minimally lengthwise, you will notice no difference at those joints or at your wall edges.
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    personal experience with hardwood

  3. michael p says:

    yes.If water-base sealer&top coats used ,you also get side bonding.Sounds like installed in early winter,should tighten up over summer…perfect.If moisture content was to low, it would cup,buckle and splinter…Enjoy
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  4. Cliff C says:

    it should expand and contract but not to the point of leaving gaps.when installing wood floors the wood should be stored in the house for a couple of weeks prior,this will allow the wood to aclamate to your environment to prevent this from happening.
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  5. rob s says:

    Pissy is exactly right on the money w/ her complete answer..Follow her recommendations for a constant humidity in the house. This must be maintained 365 days the year w/ either a humidifier or dehumidifier.. A gap around the edge must be used when installing. This is for when the wood expands not contracts and has no barring on what your floor is doing… Any flooring questions you can e mai me through my avatar.. GL
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    20 years in flooring as a store owner/ installer

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