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Engineered hardwood flooring
It's been awhile since I have posted here on Breaktime.
The renos on the bungalow are still ongoing. But they are just about finished. It's been over a year now. Apparently we've run into another snag. The engineered hardwood floor was installed on Tuesday. I went up to inspect it on Wed. The guy said he'd finish installing it Thursday. So I went up to inspect yesterday and when I walked over the flooring in the livingroom All I could hear was a Cacophany of "squeaks". The man who installed the flooring wasn't there. So I drove directly to the Flooring store where I purchased the flooring. He agreed to come up to inspect the flooring next Tuesday. He thinks the problem is due to humidity and will take up his hygrometer and moisture meter when he comes on Tuesday. I mentioned to the manager that there was no EXPANSION GAP around the perimeter of the livingroom. He said that didn't matter. I told him there was absolutely NO gap. not even 1/32nd of an inch. That flooring was TIGHT to the wall with no gap.
The installer obviously didnt' read the installation guide that came with the flooring. I've read it cover to cover. It says to leave a 1/2" gap all the way around the perimeter. They installer wants to blame it on the carpenter who laid the floor saying there was a bow in the subflooring . The manager wants to put it down to humidity saying the floor will settle in time. NO WAY! I am not going to swallow that BS! The guy the company hired to install the floor is at fault. He didn't Says in the installation instructions for Award flooring.. "the installer assumes all responsibility for final inspection of product quality", Before the install of the installer must determine that the environment of the job site and the condition and type of subfloor involved is acceptable, ensuring that it meets all the requirements stipulated in the installation instructions .. Installation site should have consistent room temp of 60-75 degrees F relative humidity level of 35-60% for a min of 5 days prior to installation
47" length, width, 6.2" thickness 1/2" made in America Milano Copper Relics Collection. Special Patina Relics Collection. This flooring cost $11.99 sqft. (sliced veneer engineered hardwood)
I'm blaming the "squeaking problems on the installer. It's an improper install. He used the Float-in installation method. That means he used tongue and groove glue/ no nails. Now if I'm not mistaken a floating floor has to be permitted to move. IT moves as a unit. So an expansion gap is necessary. So why is the manager of a flooring company telling me it doesn't need a gap?? hmmmm
This engineered flooring was laid over a brand new plywood subfloor. Screws were used not nails. We went over the floor testing for squeaks. But to make sure we asked on several occassions for the company to have the installer come in to check to make sure the subflooring was ok before the floor was installed.
Now we have ourselves a problem. How the heck are they going to fix this F... up! ???????????? without destroying the floor.
Is it imperative for engineered flooring to be installed at right angles to the floor joists. which in my case it wasn't but some people just say it's a matter of personal preference. If you lay it along the longest length of the room it looks better.
This flooring was installed On Grade. The installer used foam underlayment. no staples just glue on the tongue and edges. But I have a sneaking suspician this guy nailed down a section in the middle of the floor. He mentioned how he had a difficult time because a section of flooring was bowed. So why did he continue his installation without notifying the customer??????????????
Edited 7/31/2009 1:53 pm by Wanda200