Expansion gap and baseboards


Old 11-03-07, 12:02 PM
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Expansion gap and baseboards

I'm installing 3/4" Barzilian Teak over 3/4" ply subfloor.

MUST I leave a 3/4" gap? Can I do 3/8" or 1/2".

Most of the reasonably priced baseboard is 1/2 to 9/16!
I hate to do a 1/2" baseboard and then some kind of quarter round to cover the leftover gap!

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Old 11-03-07, 12:19 PM
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What does the flooring manufacturer say? 3/4"?
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I'm wrestling with the same decision. I live in Colorado and all of the wood floor installers who have given me quotes on installing pre-finished 3/4" hardwood say they don't leave any expansion gap at the walls/tile, etc. Their reasoning is that it is so dry year around out here that you don't have to worry about expansion. Anywho, I told my installer to leave at least 3/8" expansion just because regardless of if they do that in every other home out here it will probably be mine that has some type of expansion problem.
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ALWAYS go by what the manufacturer states. If you do not, you risk voiding that nice warranty they provide.
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