I had laminate installed in my place, and a week later, I noticed large gaps (about 1/2 inch) appear in some areas of my home at the end of the boards.
Is there a way to fix this? Does this require re-installation?
Whom ever installed it for you did not clip the laminate together properly.
I am afraid you are going to have to remove your baseboard and start again from the area that separated.
Be sure to look at each piece before you reinstall them to see that the ridge is not folded or flattened where it connects to the next piece.
Laminate is very easy once you do some of it.
Check the product information sheet. Laminate flooring is fickle by one main factor...quality! Most all products on the market now, have been re engineered to work out the quirks of earlier products. This means that the "clic" systems are fairly good with a product over 12mm or an "engineered" product consisting of a plywood substrate and a real wood veneer.
If the product was less than $2 per sq. you likely have an inferior product and the best suggestion, at this point, is to pull all the flooring. Review all pieces and salvage what you can. Purchase additional flooring and relay the floor. Ensure that you use the proper underlayment for the product you purchased as well as the substrate it will be going over.
You can glue the end tabs if the contact does not seem secure enough. Messy and would not normally recommend this except for the situation you are in now. This is often the result of improper installation. Too much forcing of the joints will delaminate the product and the bond will be compromised.
I hope this will help in some small measure. Good luck!
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