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Gaps in Laminate flooring

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Posted by: from Calgary
3/31/2014 at 5:46:30 PM

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?

Thank you

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Date/Time3/31/2014 at 8:58:21 PM

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.

Good luck,

James Fram

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Date/Time4/1/2014 at 11:28:46 AM

Hello,

Make sure that you check the humidifier in your place-sometimes this can happen due to the very dry air in the house.


Gaps in Laminate flooring
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Date/Time4/1/2014 at 3:00:31 PM

That could be fixed at the corners when the baseboards are. Baseboards should be removed and put it back after the floor been fixed! This is also could happen by time?

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Jim from J.T. Williams Contracting in Hartington
Date/Time4/4/2014 at 11:51:03 AM

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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Date/Time4/10/2014 at 10:32:50 AM

Yes is fixable but need visual inspection to know if the problem is the installation or wet or warm room Need see you flooring specification and check if the room fallow all.

Good luck

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