02:44AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/10/02
6 lifetime posts
I am in the process of building a house (or rather having one built) and they recently installed the hardwood floors. They are 3/4" thick 2 1/4" wide top grade real maple. They will be back to finish them later but as of now the surface (height) of the boards is quite uneven.

Is this to be expected and will go away when they sand and finish the floor or should I be concerned?

I'm also quite concerned that they have installed them and the HVAC is not in the house. It's around 50°F here now and I'm afraid when I get in the house and turn up the heat/humidity that they floors will buckle.

Thanks in advance for any help

willies all thumbs

05:58AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
I'm also quite concerned that they have installed them and the HVAC is not in the house.

Normal for new construction

Sanding will take care of the unevenness, again, normal


06:07AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/10/02
6 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info! That puts my mind at ease. Should I expect some buckling later or is it installed to take this into account? I've noticed some considerable gaps in the "model" house since they were put in during the summer and it's now winter although I believe they have the humidifier turned far too low (25%) which is the primary cause.

Thanks again


03:47PM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
23 lifetime posts
Every so often they are placed with a gap for an expansion joint. THis is done to prevent buckling-- the gaps will be filled with a wood putty once they finish them


1) Subfloor

2) Moisture barrier to prevent squeaks

3) install wood

4) Fill voids by trowelling wood putty over the entire surface

5) Sand with coarse paper

6) Sand with fine grit

7) Stain

8) Poly

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon