Can you avoid 5 of the most common laminate flooring mistakes? Floating floor problems can turn a fun family DIY project into a costly disaster! Installation issues have a way of showing themselves months after all your hard work and can be hard or even impossible to rectify then.
While it is important to buy the best brand you can afford to start out with, problems with laminate flooring more often than not has a lot to do with how the planks were installed. With a bit of know-how you can side-step issues such as buckling due to water damage or peaking because of insufficient expansion space.
Five of the most common mistakes when installing laminate flooring have to do with…
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Laminate Flooring Mistake 1: Too Rough With The Tapping Block
Many first time do it yourself enthusiasts tackle the laminate wood flooring job with a tad too much gusto. They hammer away with a tapping block, causing all sorts of marks, chipped corners, and other indentations. Remember that the simple click designs of glueless lines from Harmonics and other manufacturers like Pergo, do not really need a tapping block. You also want to be careful when using a vacuum cleaner or an Irobot Scooba Floor Washing Robot. Your supplier will be able to advise you about the suitability of cleaning tools. The wrong approach may void your warranty.
Laminate Floor Mistake 2: Not Preventing Water Damage
Buckling is perhaps the most common complaint when it comes to installing laminate flooring. Excessive, standing water is the most likely cause of warping woes. You never give laminates a truly wet bath. Always ensure that there is no chance of dampness coming through the floor layer below the installation. The problem can also be the result of a sub-standard product, where the core and the joints weren’t treated according to prescribed water-repelling specifications, as sometimes happens in cheap or discount laminate flooring ranges.
Laminate Flooring Mistake 3: Growing Mildew
Following from the buckling issue, mold or mildew may also present a problem, as this is directly related to too much moisture. You will need professional assistance to identify the source of the mildew, and to devise a solution. You may have to accept structural repairs if the problem can’t be cleaned up. As mold and mildew can lead to a variety of health concerns, it is vital to nip it in the bud.
Laminate Floor Mistake 4: Neglecting Expansion Space
When planks are installed so close to the walls that they don’t allow for expansion, they may push up against each other. This causes raised joints. This also happens if insufficient room is left between the floor and the moldings. How to rectify this? You can follow the board to the wall or molding and remove the molding or baseboard. The flooring board can then be cut to allow for expansion. This is another reason why the glueless products work so well. By not being affixed to the floor, there is usually ample room to expand and contract. This is a natural process that happens from season to season.
Laminate Flooring Mistake 5: Not Acclimating The Floor Planks
Fortunately gapping isn’t seen too often, unless perhaps you opt to take the material from relative warmth into a sub-zero basement area. This will cause your precious Pergo planks to develop a severe dislike for each other, resulting in substantial gaps between the boards. Make sure that there are no severe, noticeable temperature changes from where the flooring is stored to where it is installed. This simple precaution should largely prevent gapping from occurring.
If you are tackling this kind of job for the first time, try and get an experienced friend to show you exactly how to go about installing the planks in order to avoid these 5 common laminate flooring mistakes! It can save you a bundle in the long run.