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Old 09-21-2015, 08:12 PM   #1
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can wood floor span this amount?


I have a basement room that is 22' by 26' (and it flows into another room which will also be wood floor.

My concern is I have friends who have recently installed wood and even though they kept it in the house for the 30-60 days recommended to let it acclimate they still had problems with the wood contracting and rather noticeable gaps forming. One was so bad they had to fill it with another piece of wood floor.

Since it is a basement room I'm thinking of using bamboo since I think it's harder and more stable. The basement hasn't gotten wet ever that I know of but I think the bamboo may be better for the off chance it does somehow get wet (water furnace breaks etc.)

Will the bamboo be more stable when it comes to expanding and contracting as well? if not, is there another wood I should be looking at? It will be running along 22' side (so it will be going side to side across the 26' dimension)

Any tips otherwise to reduce this problem?

Thanks for the help!
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I would think that beings it in a basement that the humidity level would cause the opposite problem possibly. Expansion.
Wood floor in basement would make me nervous. A split pipe or a really wet summer might cause flooding.
The do make a ceramic tile that looks just like wood. BTW
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Is there one type of wood that is know as more stable though? We'd like to give wood a try as its much warmer but we may have to move to tile if we do have problems.
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Wood is constantly expanding and contracting no matter who tells you it doesn't or whatever miracle finishes that are available.
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From a previous thread here

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Laminate floors all require it.
I would not put any wood/laminate products on a basement floor. It's only a matter of time when a spillage will occur.
They now advertise waterproof laminates. Maybe they will suit your needs
I do ceramic tile with an area rug.
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One was so bad they had to fill it with another piece of wood floor.
Any tips otherwise to reduce this problem?
Thanks for the help!
If there was enough space to put in another board, someone doesn't know how to install a floor. This is an absurd possibility.
You say you're putting down a wood floor. What are you putting it on?
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There is probably more information on this expansion and contraction subject than anyone wood ever want to read but I would begin by determining the moisture content of wood, that is presently in the basement and has stabilized, by using this formula.

http://www.deldot.gov/information/pu...pdfs/doh_2.pdf

Other reading considerations.

http://www.bamboo-flooring-facts.com...ntraction.html

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/tr...-and-expansion
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