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These helpful guidelines outline work and material deficiencies in new homes and residential condominium units covered under the statutory warranty [...]

Cracks Developing Between Strips Of Hardwood Or Parquet Flooring

Article Number

12.20

Condition

CRACKS DEVELOPING BETWEEN STRIPS OF HARDWOOD OR PARQUET FLOORING

Acceptable Performance/Condition

Cracks resulting from joints that remain open in excess of 2 mm over the length of the strip are not acceptable.

Warranty

One-Year - Work and Materials. · Cracks resulting from normal shrinkage of materials due to drying after construction, damage caused by normal wear and tear or improper maintenance is excluded from the statutory warranty.

Action

Cracks greater than the acceptable condition shall be repaired.

Remarks

Hardwood and parquet flooring are natural wood products and therefore are highly susceptible to changes in indoor relative humidity, which may cause dimensional changes in the flooring material. To determine warrantability, the width of the crack should be measured during both the heating and cooling seasons. The homeowner has a responsibility to maintain indoor humidity levels through humidification, ventilation, air conditioning or dehumidification to prevent permanent, irreversible damage. A hygrometer can be used to monitor indoor humidity levels. Areas around heat registers and those exposed to concentrated sunlight may be more susceptible. Wood filler may be used for repairs.

  

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