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Why Leaving An Expansion Gap Is Vital When Fitting Laminate Flooring

2 Mar 2023

Why Leaving An Expansion Gap Is Vital When Fitting Laminate Flooring

Why Leaving An Expansion Gap Is Vital When Fitting Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners due to its affordability, durability, and versatility. However, it’s important to remember that proper installation is key to ensuring that your laminate flooring lasts for many years without any issues. One essential aspect of fitting laminate flooring is leaving an expansion gap.

An expansion gap is a small space left around the perimeter of the room when installing laminate flooring. This gap allows the planks to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity without buckling or warping. Without this gap, the planks can push against each other and cause damage over time.

Leaving an expansion gap is not only vital for the longevity of your laminate flooring but also necessary to have a valid warranty from most manufacturers. If you don’t leave this gap during installation, it can void your warranty and leave you responsible for any repairs or replacement costs.

Another issue that can occur if you don’t leave an expansion gap is peaking. Peaking happens when two planks are forced together by lack of space, causing them to rise up at their edges and create a noticeable bump in the floor. Peaking not only looks unsightly but also poses a tripping hazard.

Furthermore, failing to leave an expansion gap can lead to moisture buildup between the planks which can cause mold and mildew growth. This can be especially problematic in areas where there’s high humidity or moisture such as bathrooms or basements.

In conclusion, leaving an expansion gap when fitting laminate flooring is crucial for maintaining its integrity and avoiding costly repairs down the line. Make sure your installer understands the importance of this step before beginning any work on your floors.

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