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Our engineered wood flooring is buckling and popping when walked on, just weeks after installation. Solution?

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Floor was installed on top of concrete slab with adhesive.

Another thing is to make sure you check the humidity of the room. Also did you guys acclimate the wood? We recommend you acclimate the wood at least 3 days before installation. Some manufactures recommend up to 1 week.

4 Responses to “Our engineered wood flooring is buckling and popping when walked on, just weeks after installation. Solution?”

  1. Ted Says:

    A DIY job or contractor? Engineered wood needs to Float, expand and contract with the changes in the air. Concrete also lets moisture through and could be causing the floor to expand, but it can’t move because of the glue so it pops and buckles.
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  2. James D Says:

    Get the installers back out. They can drill small holes and add more adhesive and then weight the floor until the adhesive has dried. If the adhesive is not fully dry you may be able to weight the floor now and get it to re-stick. This is very common and the installers should we helpful in getting it straightened out.
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  3. dusty8940 Says:

    The problem could be many different things. Some of them being a high moisture content in the concrete slab and the installers did not perform the proper moisture testing, and or they did not use a liquid moisture barrier. Another problem could be that the installers did not have the wood in the house a few days prior to the installation to allow it to acclimate to the environment of your house. Another possibility is the installers did not use a heavy roller on the floors after installation, which helps create a good bond with the concrete. Finally, the last thing that it could be is the installers did not leave sufficient spaces around the perimeter of the room to allow the wood to expand and contract. Either way the installers are to blame and they need to make it right. The solution is to tear up the entire floor, scrape off all of the adhesive, then perform a calcium chloride moisture test to see if your slab is ok to even install on, then if it is put down a liquid vapor barrier such as MVP by bostik, then glue the floor down and use a big heavy metal roller over the entire floor.
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    Hardwood Flooring Contractor
    Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN
    http://www.rhodeshardwoodflooring.com
    http://www.hardwoodfloorminnesota.com

  4. Unique Says:

    Another thing is to make sure you check the humidity of the room. Also did you guys acclimate the wood? We recommend you acclimate the wood at least 3 days before installation. Some manufactures recommend up to 1 week.
    References :

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