Laminate Floor Squeak and Bumpy


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Old 11-19-02, 01:08 AM
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Question Laminate Floor Squeak and Bumpy

We hired a contractor to install the Kronotex laminate floor in our house in May of this year.

3 months after the floor was installed, we noticed the floor in certain areas seem to be bulging out. We suspected that the floor could have expanded so we ripped out the quarter molding. Sure enough, some of the laminate floor planks were touching the molding. So we ripped the molding hoping that will give the floor more space to expand if needed.

The bulging floors subsided after we ripped the molding. But now, we are having problems with the laminate floor squeaking almost everywhere.

We complained to the contractor that he didn't install the floor right. But he blamed it all on the bad quality of our laminate floor. And, he thought some of our rooms are so large and long - we shouldn't have installed the laminate floor there.

What is the problem on our squeaky floors?

Could the contractor be right?

How do we fix the floor planks that's
not cut properly, and are already touching the walls?

Please help, thanks so much!
 
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Old 11-19-02, 09:27 AM
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The baseboard should not touch the wood floor, so it has room to expand.

Taking up the edge boards and ripping them to size will give you the room you need. It sounds as if you have found a solution to this.

Check with the manufacturer as to maximum room size.

It seems as if other contractors may have been a better choice.
 
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If the flooring wasn't acclimated or the proper expansion gap maintained then the contractor is the liable one for the floor failure, regardless what brand of laminate it is. They chose to install it. Let them eat it.

I never lost money on a job I didn't do.
 
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Old 11-19-02, 08:32 PM
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Was the contractor also a low bidder? I know the flooring was low priced. Sorry but that's how it is. The molding Can touch the flooring as expansion of laminate planks is NOT to the thickness. Large areas do require more expansion area or gaps. The acclimation question is a good one and the size of the gap is also a consideration. Finally are there transition moldings in doorways and expansion joints if there is more than 30 running feet of flooring?
 
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Old 11-20-02, 07:35 PM
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The flooring should not run up to the baseboard, not the molding. If there is no horizontal gap between the flooring and the baseboard, then there is no room for expansion. The quarter round molding goes on the baseboard and meets the flooring to hide the gap between the flooring and the baseboard. Ordinarily, the baseboard is installed proud of the flooring. It sounds as if the flooring was installed in an existing house, so the flooring should stop shy of the baseboard and the quarter round molding installed to cover the gap, unless the baseboard was installed high or replaced with the installation.
 
 

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