Are you hard at work on a laminate flooring project in your home? If so, you know firsthand all the challenges of this complex but worthwhile project. One of those issues is the flooring not snapping together correctly.
This can be a frustrating problem to have, but knowledge cures all. In this post, we will cover why this happens, how to fix it, and how to prevent it in the future as you move forward with your laminate flooring project.
Table of Contents
- Causes of Laminate Flooring Not Snapping Together
- How to Fix the Issue
- Preventing The Issue
- Tools and Tips That Make Laminate Flooring Installation Easier
- Let’s Recap
Causes of Laminate Flooring Not Snapping Together
There are a variety of things that could cause this issue. We will expand on a few of them now!
This might happen because the flooring you are using is too thick. Often, homeowners will try to put down a laminate floor that is too thick for their subflooring, which can cause many problems – not snapping together being one of them.
Check your measurements and ensure that the laminate you use will fit in the space you’re trying to put it!
Another reason this might happen is that your flooring is not level. This can cause several problems, including boards not snapping together or popping up later. If your flooring is not level, it needs to be fixed before you move on with the installation.
The last reason we mention that this might happen is that the boards are not flush. This can happen if you cut the board incorrectly, or they get damaged somehow. If this is the case, you will need to start with new boards.
How to Fix the Issue
Now that we know about some causes of laminate flooring not snapping together correctly, let’s get into the details of how we can fix that situation.
First, let’s talk about what you should do if the problem is that your boards are too thick. There are a few options if this is the case.
You can shave the boards down with a sharp knife if they are too thick. If they are significantly too thick, your best bet is to start over with new boards.
If the problem is that your flooring is not level, you will need to take care of that before you can move on. The best way to do this is to use a self-leveling compound. This will help you get your floor as level as possible to avoid any issues later.
If the problem is that your boards are not flush, you will need to start over with new boards. This is because there is no way to fix this issue without completely replacing the boards.
Preventing The Issue
Now that we know how to fix the issue, let’s talk about how we can prevent it from happening.
As we mentioned before, one of the main reasons this issue occurs is because people try to put down a laminate floor that is too thick for their subflooring. To prevent this, measure your space and check the thickness of your boards before you begin the installation process.
Another way to prevent this issue is to ensure your floor is level before you begin the installation. You can do this by using a self-leveling compound or by taking the time to level the floor yourself.
Finally, be sure to check that your boards are flush before you try to snap them together. You will need to start over with new boards if they are not.
With these steps in mind, you’ll know exactly how you can prevent this issue in the future!
Tools and Tips That Make Laminate Flooring Installation Easier
If you’re getting ready to install laminate flooring, there are a few tips we can give you to make the process go easier.
Here are five tips for installing laminate flooring that will make you more efficient and effective!
Make sure you have the right tools.
This might seem like an easy decision, but I would surprise you how many people try to install laminate flooring without all the tools. To do the job right, you will need a saw (preferably a power saw), a chisel, a hammer, a level, and some sort of protective eyewear.
Make sure you have a good understanding of the process.
Before you cut boards or put anything down, take some time to understand the process. This will help you avoid mistakes that could cost you time or money in the long run.
Make sure your subfloor is level.
As we mentioned, one of the main reasons people have problems with their laminate flooring is their subfloor is not level. To avoid this issue, level your subfloor before you begin the installation.
Be careful when cutting the boards.
When cutting the boards, take your time and be careful. This is not a job where you want to rush through things. If you make a mistake, it could cost you a board (or worse).
Be sure to snap the boards together correctly.
Finally, be sure that you are snapping the boards together correctly. If they are not flush, you will need to start over.
With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to a successful laminate flooring installation!
This article discussed some of the most common issues people have with their laminate flooring. We also talked about how to fix those issues, as well as how to prevent them from happening.
Finally, we gave you five tips for a successful laminate flooring installation.
With this information in mind, you should be well on your way to a beautiful, long-lasting laminate floor!
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Soldier, writer, researcher, consultant, and bon vivant, John Thompson is the author of numerous columns, op-eds, reports, briefs, short stories and books as the “Felicity Files” and “Spirit Over Steel: A Chronology of the Second World War” (version III). Often found hunched over his computer, or in his garden, and now often found doing both. His diverse talent has led him to work in industries and projects such as energy, security and home construction and renovation.