Here's the situation - I laid 32 sq. ft. of 12" x 12" parquet flooring tiles
this weekend. Mfgr's instruction stated it needed to be glued (I used the
appropriate glue and trowel). It also stated to leave a 1/4" gap around the
walls which I did for expansion. Don't understand how it would expand if it
was glued down - but I did it anyway. I laid this same floor in my master
bedroom 4 weeks ago and no problems. It is tongue and grooved on all sides.
I woke up this morning and have a ridge down the middle of the floor which
buckled and raised almost an inch. I'm thinnking the wood expanded alright
. . . now how to deal with it. My first thought since I can stand on it and
it lays down okay was to make an attempt to inject glue into the bottom
somehow and weight it down. However, if it really is expansion, it will
happen again somewhere else. What do you think? Take my circular saw set
at a very low depth and make a relief and then glue back down? Need some
suggestions from the pros.
Jim Mc Namara
First thing comes to mind, the flooring wasn't acclimated to the same
environment 72-96 hrs. b/4, or the time period recommended by the
manufacturer. Sometimes people keep the material in a different room,
which is not acceptable. Or they stand material in the corner. It must
acclimate in the room the flooring is to be laid, and laid flat prior to
Is this over a wood substrate?
No Red - it's over a concrete slab. The slab was "dusty dry" and I primed
it as per the mfgr's recommendations and allowed it to dry and cure for 3
days. When I took the tiles home, I opened each box removing them and
allowing them to sit in the same ambient temperature they would be installed
in during the same 3 day period. I'm baffled as to the cause - but the cure
(other than removing) is my biggest concern. I'm thinking of either cutting
a kerf down a seam and injecting adhesive and weighting down the area or
drilling a series of small holes and injecting. I can plug the holes (I'm a
woodworker) where they will be unnoticeable but was wondering if anyone else
had to do this. The customer service line was of no help (Remove and
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