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What is the expansion gap for engineered wood flooring?

How large should the expansion gap be for engineered wood flooring?

An expansion gap is a critical consideration when installing engineered wood flooring. This gap allows the flooring to expand and contract naturally with changes in temperature and humidity, preventing issues such as buckling or warping. The specific expansion gap required will depend on factors such as the type of wood, the width of the planks, and the environmental conditions. However, a general rule of thumb is to leave a gap of approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the room, as well as at any fixed objects such as walls, doorways, or columns. It is important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and guidelines for the specific flooring being installed, as they may provide more specific instructions regarding the expansion gap requirements. Properly allowing for expansion and contraction will help ensure the long-term stability and integrity of the engineered wood flooring.

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