How straight should hardwood planks be?

Pendleton123February 8, 2012

I searched but couldn't find an answer to this. I know wood tends to curve and move and grow/shrink, etc. My question is: how straight should hardwood planks (3 1/4" wide x 3/4" thick, maple prefinished tongue and groove) be out of the box. They're currently acclimating, but the samples I pulled out - seemingly all of the longer boards have a slight curve to them. (side to side, not up and down - they're all flat) My builder says that's natural and the tools they use to tap and then nail them into place will take care of it. But I always like second opinions.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brickeyee

As long as you can force them into place and fasten them adequately it takes a LOT of warping to make a strip unusable.

In many cases they can be cut into shorter pieces and used that way.

The folks laying the floor will decide how to use the pieces.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 11:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
izzy0113

I'm having the same problem and it's driving me crazy. Purchased from a very reputable bamboo dealer (from the top 3 strand bamboo companies out there, low VOC etc). However MANY of the planks are warped/curved down one end. I have never laid a floor before and have no idea what is acceptable. I tend to be a perfectionist so I'm not sure if this is me having too high standards or what. Once laid down they do look good and flat. But I'm worrying...will they stay that way? Should we stop the project (DIY) and contact company? Or is this acceptable? Thank you!!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 8:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
izzy0113

Here's another picture. Oh and they have been acclimating 4 weeks at this point. HVAC run continuously (automatic) at 73 degrees F.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 8:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
glennsfc

For Izzi...

Are you floating the bamboo? If so, you need to tape or clamp sections together to keep all of it as straight as possible,

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 9:24AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Has anyone purchased from value floors direct?
Has anyone purchased flooring from value floors direct? I...
willintotry
ANeed advice on installation of wood look porcelain tiles, Help!
Help! wood look porcelain tiles seem durable and a...
xavalexa
Looking for a specific tile, can you help me find it?
We are looking for a terracotta tile to go in our kitchen,...
Leigh-Ann Draheim
Cerameta Luxury Flooring - Vinyl Plank
Has anyone used/installed a Cerameta floating floor?...
emlach
Wood to tile
What types of transition pieces can be used on a slab?...
ourgeorgiahouse
Sponsored Products
Wenden Tall 34-inch Brown Leather Swivel Bar Stool
Overstock.com
Herman Miller | Setu® Lounge Chair
YLiving.com
Log Cascade Large LED Fountain
Lamps Plus
Chianti Cutting Board
Home Decorators Collection
Americh Barrington 6032 Tub (60" x 32" x 22")
Modern Bathroom
Mendota White Paint Shaker Kitchen Cabinet Sample
CliqStudios Cabinets
Agatha Pedestal Dining Table
$2,499.00 | Horchow
Home Office Ensemble 3 Drawer Desk with Hutch
Ballard Designs
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™