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jemcuster

05:50PM | 05/02/07
Member Since: 05/01/07
2 lifetime posts
Need help. Buying a new house and base boards were installed before the wood floors--then the wood floors were cut too short, so builder attached quarter-inch round on the base boards to cover the mistake--is this normal? Looked at a lot of models--none did this. Now furniture will have to be placed 1-1/2 inches from the wall.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

flooringworldDOTorg

01:31AM | 05/03/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
The wood floors were not cut too short.

Wood flooring requires an expansion gap for expansion and contraction because it is hydroscopic in nature, thus it moves, grows, and shrinks in size in both length and width during its lifetime, as the seasons change, as temperature changes, and as humidity changes, with humnidity being the largest determining factor for hydroscopic changes.

Quarter-round molding is standard for installation of hardwood to existing wall-base because of the required expansion gap required around the perimeter and any verticle obstructions.

That said, if you had a different agreement with the builder on the use of no quarter-round and your aesthetic or usability expecations, you may have some recourse.

This is a communications issue between you, your builder, and the trades performing the work.

Talk to your builder.

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