Laminate floor gaps

Old 01-09-08, 06:21 AM
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Laminate floor gaps

We just had a company put in an Armstrong laminate wood floor in our hallway. In a matter of 2 weeks we've seen small cracks turn into sizable gaps and are beginning to see small cracks in other places that weren't there. We were told it is a floating floor and it doesn't need glue. If it doesn't need glue, what's to keep the non-interlocking connections from gapping?

When we get the company back here, I want to know what my options are beforehand from a neutral party to know and decide on the best solution. Any words of enlightenment on your part?
Old 01-11-08, 09:10 AM
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Usually groove and lock damage from tapping it together, instead of rotating it, will cause gaps. Usually on the end joints, because they can rotate the long edges, but have not figured out how to rotate the ends prior to the lengths.

Another cause since you said hallway is, that they did have to cut the locks off to slide it under doorjambs, and gluing the boards together, using the wrong glue, or the substrate underneath has dips or is riding on a high spot, allowing the flooring to flex, and bust the bond, separating the planks.

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