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I have a new home with engineered wood flooring. The wood floors are peeking at the joints. Whats wrong?

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When an engineered floor is installed, the installer MUST leave about 3/8 of an inch all the way around the edge of the room which is covered by the base molding. This allows for expansion and contraction. It sounds like the installer didn’t leave ample room around the edges and when the floor expanded, since it has no room to expand, it is "peeking" as you called it.

4 Responses to “I have a new home with engineered wood flooring. The wood floors are peeking at the joints. Whats wrong?”

  1. capnemo Says:

    When an engineered floor is installed, the installer MUST leave about 3/8 of an inch all the way around the edge of the room which is covered by the base molding. This allows for expansion and contraction. It sounds like the installer didn’t leave ample room around the edges and when the floor expanded, since it has no room to expand, it is "peeking" as you called it.
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  2. Caroline H Says:

    I agree with the first answer! It can happen with almost any type of flooring- there must be a small edge left around the room – same with tile – the wood floors will ‘peek’ and tiles can crack- the base molding hides the edge and leaves room for the expansion.
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  3. sensible_man Says:

    You said "new home". If it is new and not just new to you, it should have a builders warranty for one year. The floors would be covered under this. The reason they "peeked" has been covered above.
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  4. Rick H Says:

    There is another possible answer: moisture. No amount of expansion gap can cure the moisture problem. There are several things to look for: is it all over or just around a outside door, window or an appliance? The installer may not have conducted a moisture reading at the time of installation or even used the wrong sized notched trowel leading to excessive glue ( therefore moisture)
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