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Old 11.01.2021, 17:14
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Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

I moved into this flat about 3 months ago, and the wood floor (Parkett) was redone right before I moved in.

About a month ago I noticed one of the wood panels is not laying flat and has somwhat raised edges. Researching the problem suggests that this is called "cupping" and has to do with the moisture in the air/floor (importantly the flat has underfloor heating). Another panel in a different part of the flat has the same issue to a lesser degree.

I think the problem is with the installation of the parkett in those spots since I've never used/spilled water on the floor. I would like it get it fixed, but that seems to require a professional changing the panel. I'm hesitant to contact the landlord (rental agency) since I don't know if this will be considered my fault and unfortunately I don't have a Privathaftpflichtversicherung.

Should I contact the landlord? Should I first get a Privathaftpflichtversicherung now, and then contact the landlord? Will the insurance cover this?
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Old 11.01.2021, 17:53
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Re: Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

I personally would contact the landlord as it is likely that they would have some kind of guarantee for the work. I cannot see some insignificant amount of water doing this, so arguments like this don't 'hold water' (Sorry, couldn't resist)
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Re: Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

I don't think this is cupping, with that the whole board ends up a little bit concave and the edges raise. You see it almost all the time on external facades.

This looks more longitudinal - like they put those rows in without space for expansion, and now with the heating on the expansion has caused boards to bow upwards.

If it is that (I've done this myself ), the solution (obviously from the original fitter) is to take off the skirting board / edge trim, cut that row down a little, and then put something heavy on it to flatten it out and when flat reseal the edges.

You can tell if it is that if the board feels springy in the middle.

ps. without doubt inform the landlord - if you tell them in several years you will definitely get the blame, not unreasonably.
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Re: Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

Yes, this has all the hallmarks of a badly fitted floor - either they've not left enough expansion room at the edges or the panels that are lifting have been damaged in the laying process. Either way round your landlord should have recourse to the fitting company to get it fixed, so take it up with them.
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Re: Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

Important you get in touch with landlord asap- or they may question why you did not report problem, and later try and put some of the blame on you.
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Re: Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

apart from that.... looks like a nice floor!
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Re: Wood floor in a renovated flat has a slight issue (cupping), contact landlord?

Thank you all for the great tips and advices! I will contact the landlord with the pictures and hope for the best...
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