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Floating Floor System- creaking at wall.

Posted by Cedar-Smith Lumber Corporation on January 30th, 2000 11:44 AM
In reply to Floating Floor System ... by Jay J on January 24th, 2000 12:01 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Met,
We have done some study into the 'floating floor'
systems as we do sell the product. I believe
that the pros of this system far outweigh the
Shrinkage is virtually non-existant in comparison
to real wood flooring, which I also like.
I agree with 'Jay J's' reply in terms of
the "Pergo" type of flooring. That type, while
it looks good and finish is guarenteed for a
number of years, is generally a replacement
product in the event of damage.
While we can sell the 'Pergo' type of flooring,
we have chosen to promote the 'Torleys' brand.
This floating floor product has a top layer of
real wood and is sandable at least twice.
Total thickness is 9/16" on this product.
In regard to your 'creaking at the wall' issue,
I would be suspicious that the flooring is
actually touching the wall. Incorect install!
A floating floor system is just that- it should
not be in contact with the wall. A margain there
of approx 1/8" to 1/4" is required, as per
installation instructions.
If the outside perameter is warping, perhaps the
base boards have been applied too tightly down-
wards on the flooring. If so, again, the flooring
cannot 'float' as it has to be able to.
Your contractor could remedy this by removing
the baseboards and checking for the required
wall gap. If the gap does exist, proper re-
installation of the baseboards may be the simple
fix. If the gap does not exist, scribing the
flooring along
the wall and re-installation of the baseboards
can repair this problem for you.
Best Regards, Ron Smith

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