When you install laminate floors correctly, they improve your home's curb appeal. Laminate floors are popular because they are easy to install, affordable and easy to maintain. However, if care is not taken when doing the installation and maintenance, problems can result. Peaking is one of the most common issues with laminate flooring. Here are the top three reasons why laminate floors push up against one another and create high points at the joints.
Limited expansion space
Laminate floors are usually installed within the confines of the perimeter wall of the room. Laminate mouldings are installed before the laminate boards to contain them. Peaking happens when there is limited expansion space between the floor and the walls and also if there isn't enough expansion space between the floor and the surrounding moulding. To resolve this problem, you can just remove the laminate moulding. When the moulding is removed, the laminate wall will have enough space to expand, and peaking stop with time. As you wait for the peaking to go down, you can place weights all over the high points.
Poor floor design
Ideally, laminate flooring is supposed to be interrupted by a centre T moulding. The centre T is a moulding expansion which relieves the pressure off the laminate boards. When the boards continue in the same direction for a long time without any break, they start peaking. Most flooring contractors recommend that T moulding should be installed every 27 square feet to manage the pressure on the laminate boards.
Mouldings that are fixed to the floor
The mouldings that mark the perimeter of the wall and those that are installed near the door are supposed to be free to allow expansion of the laminate floor. However, if these mouldings are fixed to the floor or the walls, they will prevent increase and peaking will result. Similarly, the floor itself should float as opposed to being attached to walls or subfloors. Connecting any parts of your laminate floor to the ground will inhibit the regular contraction and expansion which will cause peaking.
If you have noticed that your laminate floor is not even, and the problem is peaking, these are the three possible causes. There are times when factors such as heat and water can affect the rates of expansion and contraction of the floor. However, the key lies in ensuring that there is always enough expansion space. Always consult experts in laminate floor installation to get the professional opinion on laminate floor repair.