Is no gap at one side of hardwood install okay

Old 03-26-22, 07:38 AM
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Is no gap at one side of hardwood install okay

I'm installing unfinished 3/4" by 3 1/4" red oak in a loft. I was thinking of starting and running parallel to the oak strip at the railling with no expansion gap. See the railing in the pictures below:

It is a 21 feet to the back wall that would have the 3/4" expansion gap. Is it okay to have no expansion gap at the railling and only have the gap at the far end wall?
Old 03-26-22, 02:20 PM
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When wood flooring expands due to humidity/moisture the flooring will experience some growth, That is why I will only install wood flooring in the heat/humidity of the summer. For applications where a spindle trim plate exists I leave a 1/8" gap.

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