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Floating Floor Being Pinched

Updated: Jun 14

When installing floating floors it is imperative that the floor is allowed to “move” because that is what floating floors do. This is often interpreted as having to leave adequate expansion gaps.

This is true! But there is more to worry about than just expansion gaps. Cabinets on top of the floor make a difference and so does the ability to move around transitions and under base trim.

On photo1 below you can clearly see the transition is pinching the floor so much that it is lifting at the end. On photo 2 you can see a transition is glued down on the floor. This area is also failing a few feet out.

When a floating floor is pinched, the floor will fail at the weakest point, this is often around a stairstep (sidestep) installation of the planks where there is a short seam stagger.

Questions or comments are welcome!

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