I live in a small townhouse and put home legend dark walnut bamboo floors in almost two years ago now. It really has been nothing but a pain. I had swelling last summer (I live in Delaware) from humidity. I tried to combat that with a dehumidifier, but that actually ended up leaking (as did my dishwasher) which resulted in water damage. I replaced all of the various damaged boards. Come this past May, I actually had board shrinkage, which caused two separations in the floor. This reversed in June and now in July I have swelling and buckling again.
I know two other people with laminate floors in the neighborhood who never really had this problem. As a result, I've come up with a couple of ideas on what to do now.
1) Some of it is connected to how I ran my floors. My unit is essentially a hallway with three rooms off of it. The middle room has walls and a doorway, while the other rooms are just "open" to the hallway. I ran perpendicular to the hallway. As a result, the sheer number of boards trying to expand is the problem. I should pull up the floors, lay down a second layer of underlayment, and re-lay the floors going the other direction.
2) It's never going to work on the ground level floor. I may have luck pulling it up and re-using it upstairs in the bedrooms. These are lower traffic rooms, anyway, and the cleaning will be less of an ordeal.
Which makes the most sense to everyone? Is there something else or different I should consider?
tile that fakes wood, perhaps?
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
a store that sell only flooring will be able to show you vinyl flooring that looks like and installs just like wood flooring. It comes in planks just as wood flooring
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