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Old 07-20-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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I have recently installed laminant flooring. It took several weeks to do as I was only working on in on the weekends.
After the 4th and final week of installation I noticed there are certain spots whereby some locking panels are "riding" up on eachother. It's nothing drastic like a buckling action but rather slight enough to run your fingers over the boards and "feel" a slight raise from one plank to another.
Once you find them, then you begin noticing them by sight as well...it's driving me crazy.

I left 1/4 of inch between all planks and walls to allow for movement.
Is this normal? Do planks settle back to their normal position or will this be forever?

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seam peaking can be common with higher humidity in place.
do you happen to know how high it is?

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seam peaking can be common with higher humidity in place.
do you happen to know how high it is?
How thick is your flooring? The thinner.. the cheeper... the more you'll see peak differences. most floors will be worst during the summer, and shrink a bit, or it will be less visible during the heating season...

They sell more expensive laminate flooring with V notch edges... this eliminates the "it's driving me nuts" effect.

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Thanks for the help.
Can't say how humid it is...it's definately humid as it's in the basement, but how do you measure such a thing?
As far as the thickness of the planks, I purchased the 10mm kind which is middle of the road. They were from Rona.

So basically, once Winter sets in and the heat is on do you think the subtle peaks will settle?
Also, should I block off all vents in the basement to assure the Air Conditioning doesn't make it even colder?

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you can measure humidity with a small cheap device at any big box store like Home Depot.
It will usually go away after awhile as humidity levels remain consistant.
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