Lightning bolt/stair step hardwood installation in new build


Old 05-16-18, 04:54 PM
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Lightning bolt/stair step hardwood installation in new build

Hi there

I purchased a new build with hardwood floor throughout. I went to the PDI the other day and noticed that the hardwood had been installed in a stair-step pattern. I absolutely hate it! It obviously hasn't been installed properly.

Other than aesthetics, does this pattern affect the life of the hardwood? I need some further back up points as I would hate going home everyday to that flooring. Photo is attached.

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Old 05-17-18, 03:04 AM
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The flooring needs to be staggered which they did and while more a random stagger might look a little nicer it shouldn't hurt how it will wear or stay down.

Once furniture and a throw rug or two are put in place it will be a lot less noticeable.
Old 05-17-18, 08:34 AM
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Some type of non-random length plank so regardless of how it was installed with staggered first pieces you would get some pattern.

Not much option other than replacing but agree, with rugs and furniture it wont be as noticeable.
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Once it's cleaned a few times and the dust is out of the splice points it should be less noticeable too.
Old 05-19-18, 07:32 PM
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What a horrible installation job.

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