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laminate flooring seam gap

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:52 pm
by gsahlot
I am pretty much done installing the laminate flooring in 4 beds and a living room. But in the area marked in the picture below, I am seeing gaps in seams.
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Here is how a good seam is looking:
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Here are how gaps are looking (along the width of the boards).
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I am seeing only 7-8 seams which are showing slight gap and only in this area. One board has gaps on both sides. I don't think I caused the gaps when I was installing the floor in this area or the adjacent area. I did notice that it is getting colder and colder since floor was installed in this area but then why are there no gaps in any other area (even in the ones where I installed floor before installing in this area)?

Searching online, seems like possible solutions are:
1. buy or make a floor gap fixed block (e.g. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing ... dition=new) and move the boards to fix the seams.
2. Fill using caulk or glue

What would you guys recommend please? I am leaning towards 2 as it is simple, cheap and less risky. I am worried if I go for #1, I might end up creating more seam gaps else where as the boards slides.

Re: laminate flooring seam gap

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:04 pm
by A. Spruce
Was the flooring acclimated to the space before installation? The sudden change in ambient temps can also be part of the problem. Unless the gaps are highly noticeable, I don't know that I'd be inclined to worry about them.

How is this installed, glued, nailed, click-loc?

Re: laminate flooring seam gap

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:42 pm
by gsahlot
Yeah, I have got the flooring acclimated. Actually it has got acclimated for fairly long period before I started the installation. Probably couple of months.

It is click-loc, I didn't use the glue. Instructions said just lock it in. See the picture below.
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Gaps are not highly noticeable when looking superficially but if pay attention then I can identify. Worried about water drops getting in when mopping. :-( Which is why I feel that I should do something about them.

Re: laminate flooring seam gap

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
by Shannon
Ya I figured it was not acclimated as well.
I would not do the caulking , you will find this spot is always dusty or attract dirt/dust to the caulking. I would go to the furthest end of that row that the space is in. Place a solid spacer between the ends of those rows and wall ,maybe 2 or so rows each side nod the trouble row . Then go to other end with the hammer bar and try and close the gap.

Re: laminate flooring seam gap

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:41 pm
by gsahlot
Shannon wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:24 pm
Ya I figured it was not acclimated as well.
I would not do the caulking , you will find this spot is always dusty or attract dirt/dust to the caulking. I would go to the furthest end of that row that the space is in. Place a solid spacer between the ends of those rows and wall ,maybe 2 or so rows each side nod the trouble row . Then go to other end with the hammer bar and try and close the gap.
I think acclimation is not an issue since I left the whole pallet in the house for a while. Unfortunately I have already installed the baseboards throughout before noticing this, so cannot access the space at the end of the row. :(

Re: laminate flooring seam gap

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:42 am
by Shannon
If you have a lot of flooring to acclimate it needs to be spread around a bit and not just in a large pile. So maybe like 3 packages high and a little space between the stacks as well.
I would pull off the baseboards and give it a try .