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cacell 03-01-2006 09:59 PM

Laminate Flooring Question
I just had laminate flooring installed over a concrete subfloor. I have the quiet step padding installed under the laminate. Is it normal to feel the seams of the laminate flooring when you are walking over the floor? When I rub my foot (barefoot or with a sock of course) over the floor I can feel the seams. Is this normal with laminate or did the installer do a bad job? Thanks

jproffer 03-01-2006 10:29 PM

I would say it's not normal. But if anyone did a bad job it wasn't the installer, it was the manufacturer. The tongue locks into the groove wherever it fits...if that leaves an offset then it was made wrong to begin with.

What brand of laminate? How "tall" are the offsets? (what I'm getting at is....the thickness of a piece of paper?...the thickness of a soft book cover?....more?

cacell 03-01-2006 10:42 PM

The manufacturer is Shaw. The thickness was 7MM. I think that is what you are asking.

cacell 03-01-2006 10:45 PM

The offsets vary. They are large enough were you can feel them and in some area's can see them

Floorwizard 03-03-2006 01:15 PM

Seam peaking can happen if the floor was dry, and now there is more moisture in the air.

Lack of acclimation can cause it too.

how long was the floor in that area before it was installed?

cacell 03-03-2006 02:03 PM

Not really sure. The installer bought it from his supplier and installed it while I was out of town. The installer is sending out a factory rep (shaw flooring). How long should the floor been left to acclimate?

Teetorbilt 03-03-2006 05:44 PM

3-4 days min. and I'd split the plastic at least. Ricking is better.

KaraOkay 03-30-2017 08:01 PM

Re: Laminate Flooring Question
What was the outcome?
I also had a company install Shaw laminate (it was an insured replacement job) and 3 years later I've had an installer rep out to look at the seam issues like you described.I'm still waiting to find out what's next. Shaw's website says the installer would have to put in a warranty claim or something.

The previous laminate was great after 8 years. I wish I knew what brand.

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