Has my laminate floor been installed wrong?

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Old 10-30-13, 08:28 AM
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Has my laminate floor been installed wrong?

We hired someone to install laminate flooring in our lower level. It looks like every other row the seams line up. I think it looks nice but am not sure is this is the correct method, i have been reading it should be staggered. What are the potential problems (if any) laying the floor in this manner? I attached a picture to show what I mean. Should i have him re-do?
 
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Old 10-30-13, 09:00 AM
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It is staggered but it sounds like not as much as you would have liked. I don't see a problem unless you don't like it and want to try to get the installer to re-do it.
 
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Usually flooring installers try to achieve a random-length look, but it can be wasteful of materials when the boards are all uniform length--and short at that. The repetition of your joints draws your eye to the pattern. From the picture it appears the installer used all the short cuts in the center of the room. That is definitely worthy of a call-back unless you plan to keep it hidden under a rug.
 
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Old 10-30-13, 09:55 AM
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thanks for both your replies.

this flooring is in the apartment in the lower level of my home, if it is okay as far as its not going to buckle because of how it was installed I will leave it (but use someone else for the rest of my home). the floor seems to move up and down when walked on. i dont know if this is the nature of these type of floors or if it was just poorly done. we installed it over concrete with moisture/sound barrier underneath
 
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Yes, the movement is the nature of laminate. That said, what's underneath can make a difference.
 
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Old 10-30-13, 03:32 PM
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Would normally installed with a minimum 1/3rd stagger rather than a 1/2 board stagger. You will notice it less once you put furniture back in the room. There is a little give to this type of floor, but large flexing can be problematic
 
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What brand flooring is that?
I've never seen laminate with short pieces like that?
Real wood and engineered floor yes but not laminate.
 
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Dream Home - Ispiri 12mm African Thuya Burlwood Laminate Flooring.
 
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Old 10-31-13, 05:22 AM
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From a product description - Three plank length (3.97ft; 2.62ft; 1.31ft) in the same package

I prefer just one length for a laminate, would have achieved a much more random pattern. Laminate usually also has some randomness to the picture on the planks as well. These look like solid planks, which also adds to the repeating issue. However, the three different lengths would require some racking of the flooring in advance of installation to prevent the rigid pattern repeat that you ended up with.
 
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