Issue by Bieliquist: putting in hardwood not perpendicular to floor joists…what are the implications?
I have just set up hardwood floors and know that they are to be installed perpendicular to the hardwood flooring joists. On the 1st stage, the installer did it appropriately and they ended up put in perpendicular. I cherished the seem so considerably that I also had him install hardwood in our grasp bed room upstairs, and when I went to check out on him midway by means of the day, I discovered he was not heading perpendicual, but paralel as he said it does not HAVE to be perpendicular, but typically will be mounted the longest width of the area. Effectively, even though I appreciated his advice concerning estetics, it stressed me out much too significantly (from every thing else I was looking at), and I had him rip it all out (he was about one/2 way in a thirteen x 15 room) and re-start off once more the appropriate way (perpendicular). Though he was a minor upset, I feel he understood I was correct and the “estetics” is not what is critical to me, but the truth to I will not have difficulties down to street is far a lot more crucial. Nevertheless, what I was pondering is what is the genuine purpose for installing them perpendicular? What would be the long phrase impact if I had allow him carry on heading paralell with the joists? Of every little thing I have study, this question genuinely has not been answered (the “why”).
Also, what would take place if the hardwood is not given satisfactory time to aclimatize to the place? The hardwood boxes contain recommendations adising 48 hrs, which I in fact gave 72 hours + … but what would have happened if we had not permit it aclimatize?
Many thanks for all your suggestions!!
Solution by Rob E
Hello, I was in the ground covering organization for 10 years though did not install true hardwood floors. If you subfloor is sound I see no explanation why you could not install the hardwood any route you desire. I would picture laminate floors would act the same way. I had by no means heard of having to install a certain course. As far as allowing the hardwood flooring acclimate unless of course the hardwood flooring was warehoused in a very cold local weather odds are you would have been fine.
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