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mpallo

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Hello,

I am the original owner in a townhouse in the southeast that I have owned for almost 9 years. After the first 2 months we noticed some settling creating a gap across the entire floor from one end of the house to the other. The builders ripped up a few planks and which was suspected a crack from end to end. They tore up the affected area and filled in the crack and reposition the new flooring which improved it quite a bit. Seems to change with the change in temperature. Come to find out the crack is apparent through the entire building not just our unit. Had an engineer come out and confirmed there was nothing structural and normal movement from the slab and has no points of load.

While it is cosmetic and a slight incline the planks from the settling I am looking for a way to cost effectively make it look better. We had considered new flooring and every estimate we got said the proper way to fix it would be a foundation person using a leveler substance to level it out to the front of the house and then new flooring.

Is there any approach to make this look better without costing thousands and a new floor? My worry is trying something that would make it look worse than it does now. (see attached pics)

Thanks for any advice you may have.
 

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Incognito

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"Is there any approach to make this look better without costing thousands and a new floor? My worry is trying something that would make it look worse than it does now. (see attached pics)"

At the least that flooring would have to be disassembled and moved out of the way so the slab repairs could be conducted. Your pictures and explanation don't help us assess the SEVERITY of the slab defects so it's impossible to guestimate even a range for the labor and materials to flatten the concrete and re-install the wood. You'll need to allow for some work removing and replacing base/quarter round.

Pretty sure we're talking a couple/few thousand bucks at least. Obviously salvaging the flooring material is critical to keep your costs down and no one can guarantee that's possible til they try. But even then it's a slow, meticulous process to take that apart without damage. I guarantee many, if not most installers will block your phone number and ghost you once they hear your challenge.
 

rugaddict

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Keep in mind that no one can be sure that the movement is not going to continue—- we can go through all kinds of contortions to repair this only to find deja by in six months—— I think floaters might not work here
 

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