Just recently had laminate flooring installed throughout the apartment. Unfortunately, there are some spots where the laminate is loudly squeaking. The worst areas are in front of the stove and in front of the kitchen sink (opposite the fridge). The contractor came in and re-levelled the cement floor underneath in some areas - this reduced the squeaking in some areas, but not all.
Is there a problem with laminate flooring and heavy objects in the kitchen such as the stove/kitchen? What about products such as the Dri-tac floor repair kit? This is for engineered hardwood - does it work, and is there a similar product for laminate flooring?
Thanks for any suggestions other than the baby powder solution.
First of all, do you have any kind of subfloor installed or did you have the laminate flooring installed directly on the cement?
Also, did you put any kind of insulation under the laminate?
The floor could be squeaking for various reasons, one of them is the unleveled floor like you mentioned but levelling the cement won't solve it, cement is too rough to get the perfect level you need something thinner and softer such as foam.
From the sounds of it I would bet on the spacing is not adequate. These and any floating floors require a 1/4 ". Gap between all fixes objects. If it's touching anywhere then you will get that squeezing caused by having no room to expand or contract. Also I would never use the cheap style of foam underlay. The better acoustical underlay not only reduce noise to levels below you and for general foot steps. They also reduce that floating feeling making the floor feel like it's nailed down. Other than that sometimes time is all that is needed to allow everything to settle.
Wow - thanks all for the immediate response. What a great community.
We did install Stealth underlay - a superior sound dampening underlay under the laminate over the concrete floor. The gaps by the walls were also well within acceptable limits before putting on the baseboards. I feel that the levelling wasn't evenly done as there are bubbled areas and dips still in the kitchen. Will be asking the contractor to redo this area again. I don't remember his checking the entire floor area with a leveller. Perhaps he missed spots by not doing so.
Any thoughts about how the heavy appliances may be playing a role? I did have one contractor say that he would never install laminate in the kitchen because of the appliances.
Definitely the floor is not level. It sounds like all the other product you used were fine. I would think heavy appliances would keep the floor from "Floating" as it should. I would keep the floor out from under the appliances or leave a gap between the main area and what is under appliances. As well, I would add a heavier underlay to cut down on the up and down flexing caused y humps in the floor.
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