Failed Seams in Laminate Flooring

Old 07-12-09, 01:03 PM
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Failed Seams in Laminate Flooring

I am having some problems with some laminate flooring that was recently installed in my kitchen and hallway. I am hoping that there is a repair method.

It seems that the end seams of the boards are failing. The failure of the end seams is causing failure of the lateral seams. What I mean by "failure", is if you step on a seam, it gives way. In essence, the tongue and groove, or "click" type seam is no longer holding the pieces together. The seams are not pulling apart, they just are not holding weight. It starts at the end seams, but as traffic walks over these seams, the side seams start to give way. What results is a slight uneveness, but enough unevenness that their is chipping of the laminate face from objects hitting the ridge.

Is their any repair for this? I'm assuming this DIY job was installed improperly, or the materials were substandard.
Old 07-13-09, 04:36 PM
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Was the floor checked for flatness before install? What what used as underlayment?

It sounds like your floor may not be flat enough.

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