Wood laminate floor wont snap together can I just nail it down

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There are 2 main reasons why you could be getting gaps in your hardwood laminate flooring.
The first is humidity - there are 2 types of hardwood laminate flooring you can get that are glue less using a tongue and groove system - the first is where the boards slide into each other but can just as easily slide out again and the second requires one board to be lifted before it can be slid into the second board and then dropped to lock it in. If you have this second type of hardwood laminate flooring, then humidity shouldn't be the problem. Let me make this a bit clearer - when humidity increases, the boards expand and the whole floor floats outwards - hence the required space around the floor. When the humidity drops, the boards contract and if the boards lock into each other, they should pull each board with them, hence no gaps. But, if the boards don't lock in together, then gaps can form (as suggested by one of the other answers).

The second cause of gaps is dependent on the...

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Does anyone know if I can install a floating linoleum hardwood floor on top of a hardwood parquet floor?

Aug 31st, 2008 by admin

I currently have a parquet floor and am going to be selling my condo in about a year or so. I was wondering if I could install a floating linoleum hardwood floor (the inexpensive kind) on top of the parquet. I have estimated that it wouldnt be that much more costly than sanding the parquet floor and would look much more nicer and cleaner. Any suggestions? Ive gotten mixed answers so far. Does anyone really know?

Its a floating laminate floor (not real wood well, just pieces of wood glued together, just looks good)

from your description of what you want to cover the parquet with, it would have been better described as laminated flooring instead of linoleum. Lino, usually refers to the rolls of vinyl flooring, like Armstrong, or Congoleum.

Floating floor. refers to how the new flooring is put down. A floating floor, is...

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Buying advice and the tools you need

Floor board interlocking system

Snap-together floors have specially milled tongues and grooves that lock together tightly when joined when installing laminate flooring.

The flooring we’re using for installing laminate flooring is similar to snap-together plastic laminate floors except that it has a surface layer of real wood. The 5/16-in. thick flooring has specially shaped tongues and grooves that interlock to form a strong tight joint without glue or nails. Once assembled, the entire floor “floats” in one large sheet. You leave a small expansion space all around the edges so the floor can expand and contract with humidity changes.

The cost of wood veneer floors (often called engineered wood floors) varies, depending on the species and thickness of the top wood layer. Most home centers sell a few types of snap-together floors but you’ll find a better selection and expert advice at your local flooring retailer. You...

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I haven't used that exact brand, but I think they are all mostly similar. I'm not real impressed with laminate. It's a good product for homeowners since it is simple to install. Take the warranty sheet and put it in the recycling bin. That's about what it is worth. I dealt with some warranty issues before--the factory rep came out and stretched a string across the floor--more than 1/8" out of flat in 10 feet and the warranty is void. He also slipped a putty knife under the base trim, and if there was one spot he couldn't slip the knife, guess what, warranty voided. Any seam within 12" of another--warranty void.Pretty high standards IMO. No warranty for scratching either. It does scratch fairly easily. You must religiously leave an expansion gap next to the wall or it will buckle. It also must not ever be used where it will potentially get wet. I will also second the idea of using an additional moisture barrier. It looks like fake wood. No real good...

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One of the questions we get asked here at Home Flooring Pros is ‘where is the best place to install laminate flooring?’ It seems from the sales blurb that laminate is the right choice for every room, but is this really the case? In this flooring guide we’re going to re-examine the main advantages of laminate floors and take a look at the pros and cons of installing laminate instead of solid wood or vinyl flooring. This post is meant as a general guide, please consult with a reliable home flooring professional before making a final decision.

Pros and Cons of Laminate Floors

As we make clear in our laminate flooring guides the main benefits of laminate over other types of home flooring, and the reason it is so popular, are affordability, ease of installation and low maintenance.

Laminate is cheap because it’s a largely synthetic flooring that’s easily mass produced using low cost materials. It’s easy to install because most laminate uses click and lock assembly...

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I state this now: I will never use laminate flooring again. Ever. I don’t care how inexpensive and near-indestructable it is — the stuff simply is not well-designed and is far too cumbersome for one person to install alone. The need for a second person is ridiculous and if nothing else points out the usability of the product.

I’m ranting because I’m on night #2 trying to get this stuff into the basement while Alex and the wee one are out of town. I’m pulling long nights, spending virtually every moment downstairs wrestling with a Tarkett laminate we purchased a couple of weekends ago.

I’m trying to do this mostly as a surprise for Alex — finish off as much of the basement as I can, so that when she comes home the upstairs is fully liveable, and the main room of the downstairs is finally useable. It won’t be complete, but it’ll at least be a start. And we can start to live in this house, rather than merely exist.

The instructions printed on the insert with each...

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Increase Home Equity with the Beauty of Traditional Hardwood Floors at a Fraction of the Cost

© 2008 by Kelly Smith All rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author s written permission. Author s Google profile

Laminate flooring has become the flooring material of choice for many homeowners in the past several years. There are many good reasons for this. Notably, it needs very little maintenance (unlike carpet), it is incredibly durable, and it comes in a vast array of colors/styles.

Since being introduced to the US back in 1982, laminate flooring sales has seen a growth of up to twenty per cent per year. This article is a step by step guide on how to install laminate flooring and underlayment in your home.

If you would prefer to have a specialist do the installation rather than DIY, find a contractor the easy and secure way. I recommend checking out local reviews at Angie s List — exclusive discount for...

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Don't stress about cutting or ripping laminate. The wood is soft and it doesn't matter very much how wiggly your cuts are because every single cut edge will eventually be hidden. Table saws always produce the best cuts, but you can use a circular saw (I recommend a lightweight cordless saw) or even a hand saw.

Why Ragged Doesn't Matter (So Much)

Your cuts will be covered over with baseboards, trim, or transition strips. You will never have an exposed cut end.

That's not to say... you shouldn't try to keep your cuts close to your pencil mark. If you deviate too much (1/4" or so), you will go beyond the area covered over by the materials listed above.

Mark and Cut

With your contractor's pencil and straight edge, mark your cut line firmly. For rips, you can clamp your board as shown here with spring-loaded clamps onto a work table edge or a railing. For cuts, the same thing except turn the board 90 degrees.

With your free hand, steady the...

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Gone are the days when a professional must be called to install new flooring. Snap-together flooring makes it possible for the average person to become a home remodeling expert. Change the look of an interior room by installing this flooring. It will make the space look fresh and improve the value of the home.

You will need:

• Snap-together laminate flooring
• Quarter-round molding
• Transition thresholds
• Baseboard
• Finish nails
• Glue
• Wood putty
• Hammer
• Plastic sheeting
• Spacers
• Tapping block
• Chop saw
• Utility knife
• Tape measure
• Shop vacuum
• Painters blue masking tape
• Duct tape (optional)
• Touch-up paint in same color as baseboards
• Broom
• Gloves

Step 1: Use the broom and shop vacuum to clean the subfloor. Remove all debris and ensure the floor is smooth and flat.

Step 2: Place a plastic sheeting layer onto the subfloor to form a...

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i just installed new 12.3mm laminate flooring planks, they look great, but while i was installing them and tapping them in, i noticed that the planks i did 3 rows over started to seperate where the ends join to each other (not the sides).

so i decided to finish the whole floor and later go back and re-tap everything

While doing this, i would tap the planks closed, when i move on the next one, the one i tapped before seperated again. i left about 1/4 and the ends and sides along the wall like it said in the instructions,

My question is, can i tap a finishing nail in each plank at both ends so they dont seperate or move?. the nail will be covered by the quarter round...

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