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Old 01-24-2010, 10:21 PM   #1
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We have chosen a hardwood that has 8' planks. From what I've read, it is normal to stagger the boards. However, given the length of the boards and the dimensions of our room, we could align the ends of every second run.
Do installers ever do this? Or is staggering the norm?

We will be installing the hardwood in a u-shape kitchen. Given that the boards will be long enough to go fully from side to side, is it better to do that or to stagger in the kitchen as well?

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Stagger would be my rec. Just looks better.

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First: I do not do floors-knees have gone bad. But- -I do watch those flooring guys as they do them and ask "why" way too often maybe! I prefer staggered joints also. I've seen flooring guys lay the flooring out (both real hardwood and the "Pergo" type) on the deck to be covered to see what they will have. They often do one-half a room, then stack them--sort of "backwards". This way the top board goes against the wall and they run from there. I've seen then play with these boards to get the correct stagger, then stand back and show me how there are not too many joints in one small area, nor too large an area without joints. Just a thought, David
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if you dont need joints in the kitchen dont put them there, looks better and just one more place for stuff to end up
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GC's priority should be the look. If easy maintenance was the priority he/she would have selected a different floor.

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In general, installers will use the method that makes best use of the materials -- in most cases, the cut-offs from one end of the room will be used as starters at the other end.

As for the kitchen, as others have said -- the fewer joints the better, since hardwood is a bad choice for wet locations, and its the joints that make it that way.
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there is more to staggering the ends than just the looks. it makes for a nicer floor but it also adds stability to your wood floors. are you glueing or floating?
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We're going to float the floor. It's engineered.

We've gone through the options of wood vs tile vs cork and analyzed it to death. (Our kids just want the conversation to be over!) Thanks for the advice about the kitchen area.
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we usually start off with full the for the first 4 rows we cut 6,12,18.then use the cuts back as starters. are gluing the boards together or is it a locking system?

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