spacers for expansion Gap on Trafficmaster floors


Old 09-28-05, 10:00 AM
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spacers for expansion Gap on Trafficmaster floors husband and I are installing a Trafficmaster no-glue laminate floor in our nursery. The room is only about 90sq ft. The instructions say to leave a 1/2 inch expansion gap around all edges. When we started to lay the floor last night, the gap looks really big to us for such a small room. Most of the other brands of floors that I've seen are only 1/4in gap. The base moulding won't even cover 1/2 inch. Do you think there would be a problem if we only went with a 1/4 inch expansion gap instead of 1/2 inch?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as we hope to work on this tonight. Thanks :-)


Also..does anyone have a contact number for Trafficmaster?
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Old 09-28-05, 04:33 PM
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If the flooring has been acclimating for a week or two, " sounds excessive to me.

My rule is and most other wood type flooring is the expansion space needs to be no less then the flooring is thick. That is if it has had enough time to come to acclimated equillibrium in moisture content.
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The flooring will have been sitting in the room for about 5 days once we begin the you think that's enough time to just leave a 1/4 inch gap?
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Yes, I would "think" so.

Acclimation is the key to a lasting installation, along with humidity levels maintained at a fairly constant level. Humidity will cause the laminate to grow and take up the expansion gap, locking it in.

" is recommended for no acclimation and to install immediately as soon as you buy it and get it home. They are finding that most DIY do not understand acclimation and its importance, so they are specifying a bigger gap to compensate to keep it from locking in and buckling.
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