In any case, you’ll want to use boards as wide as possible as your starting and ending courses. Measure the room width at both the wide and narrow ends, and subtract the expansion gaps. Divide these measurements by the floorboard width. Multiply the remainders by half the board width. These will be the widths of the starting and ending strips at the wide and narrow ends of the room. If these strips are narrow, try adding half a board width. As long as these sums are less than full board widths, use them for the starting and ending strips. This keeps the converging lines of the baseboards and the first and last seams as far apart as possible.
can make your deck repairs easier than it looks.
It is not always as easy as it looks. If your walls aren’t straight or if your room is not square and your walls are not parallel to each other there can be some great problems manipulating your floorboards to make it look good. We usually measure the room to see for squareness and parallelism. I usually mockup floor layout to get a visual representation of what can look like. If your walls are out in small increments then it is possible to hide gaps. You can hide gaps with a combination of baseboards and either shoe molding our quarter round. You can vary the thickness of both but don’t forget that if you go too much with these variables then it will end up looking awkward. So a decision has to be made whether or not you can make these adjustments with baseboard and shoe molding or you might want to rip a strip of flooring to make up the difference.
If you are using tongue and groove flooring you have a small amount of leeway for adjustment again because if you use too large of a gap this is not the way that it was meant to be visually or mechanically.
If you are unsure of what your flooring is going to look like laid out the way it’s going look finished visually inspect to see where you can make your adjustments. Try to be as accurate as possible with your mockup so that when it comes to your final adjustment floorboard it will be the correct size when you cut it.
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