Consider these professional pointers before you lay the first plank, Hidden fireplaces, buried hardwood and covered beadboard resurface thanks to a Mississippi couple's DIY efforts, Learn costs and other important details about renewing a hardwood floor — and the one mistake you should avoid, Walnut countertops join hardwood floors and pieces made from leftover framing in a bright Spanish colonial. Gap between floor and hearth too big. It would have covered the gap (with 1/32" of a gap between bottom of the stone and top of the floor). Just find a small trim piece for that. I just bought a new build home and have had the same debate - and after doing a lot of research on the topic, I've settled on engineered hardwood floors. The sellers of pre-finished wood often want to sell the most durable thing they can...they don't want you coming back with complaints about durability. With the fire place BARE of stone (just the bottom layer) you reinstall the wood planks as tight to the vertical surface of the hearth as possible. Dark Hardwood Floors vs. Light Hardwood Floors? Beware Brazilian Cherry darkening tremendously with age, especially early in life. The last time I put in Brazilian Cherry, the client literally agreed not to put any furniture on it for 8 weeks, and no rugs on it for a year. If You Could Talk to Your House, What Would You Say? However, it still can cause a slew of other issues. Flooring dilemma! Hardwood at Fireplace Hearths. You need to leave a gap for expansion. I've removed the raised hearth and will be tiling the hearth flush with hardwood floor. Lots of fireplaces don't have trim and the wood essentially goes to the hearth smoothly. The "other areas" also have drywall to move UNDERNEATH...which means they could bring it TIGHT to the wall...because the drywall doesn't come all the way down. Log In Sign Up. These problems below are why people should focus on fixing the baseboard and floor’s gap: It’s an aesthetic drag. Fix Gaps between Boards in a Hardwood Floor. We are going for the modern minimalist look. Hide the Expansion Gap. Yours in Floors Zach Liske Floor Huggers. Remember this is a small sample and in a LARGE space there may be even more variations in BOTH samples. We just had our floor installed and felt that the installer didn't make it tight enough and left a gap that requires caulking. I would want to talk to you about that one directly, and would be happy to if you happen to live in the DC area. Its all about shear forces being placed on an HDF joint. I'm wondering if we can fill the gaps somehow without lowering or replacing the casings. It is true that decorative wood COULD have been used to get flush against the stone. However, a gap between a floor … Perhaps a rubber quarter round if such a thing exists. As you can see from the pictures, it collects dirt and dog hair and just plain looks bad. Engineered hardwood withstands the switch in temperatures better due to its different layers. Yes...gaps are required even with glue. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. En continuant à naviguer sur ce site ou à utiliser cette application, j'accepte que le groupe Houzz utilise des cookies ou d'autres technologies similaires pour améliorer ses produits et services, me proposer du contenu pertinent et personnaliser l'expérience utilisateur. In the kitchen, the wood will hold up fine. I would fill it with caulking or a color match caulking/filler in a tube such as Color-rite. At this point, you need to find out what can be done. For what it's worth, I think it looks gorgeous in your final picture. That is how it should be done. 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