06-11-2012 02:16 PM
Just installed Tarkett laminate flooring in our brand new kitchen. It looks beautiful, but it is noisy as all get-out! Very squeaky when walked upon. I thought it would "settle", but it's been quite a few weeks now and it's just as noisy as ever. Any advice as to fixing this? Thanks!
06-11-2012 03:04 PM
Welcome to the community, let's talk about getting the squeak out of your floors!
Having squeaky floating floor systems (laminate, resilient vinyl, click-lock wood) can really cause a headache, especially since they were just installed.
The source of the squeak will be the first clue as to what is causing it in the first place. It can be caused by a number of reasons, such as:
- improper installation. This could include placing the planks too close to the walls (a 1/8" gap is needed) or even using an inferior underlayment underneath the flooring. All new plank floors require the existing subfloor to be clean, level, and sound. So if that wasn't the case before, even your perfect installation can turn into a noisy floor.
- planks weren't acclimated. If your laminate planks weren't in the room being stored for at least 48 hours before installation, you can have the planks expanding and contracting in ways you didn't expect, such as the squeaking that you are enduring now.
If you can inspect where and how the squeaks are located, you can pinpoint the area more closely. At any rate, to solve the problem of a squeaky laminate plank floor, you'll need to at least take up the areas of the planks that are causing the squeaks. I know this isn't the easy answer you'd want to hear, but floating systems need to be 'un-installed', or reversing the installation process to access troubled areas. This way you can inspect any of the issues that I listed above. If you have a level and clean subfloor, a high quality underlayment, and the planks show no warping or disfiguring you can apply laminate tongue and groove adhesive to the affected planks.
You'll need to first remove the edge moulding (usually quarter-round) or room transition strips to get the plank removal process started.
You would be gluing during the re-install process and only gluing the affected areas, wiping down excess amounts as soon as it is applied.
Additionally, check to see if there is a 1/8" or 1/4" gap from the edge of the planks once the edge moulding and/or room transition strips. If there isn't one, you'll need to cut out or adjust the laminate planks to ensure a gap is there. I've seen lots of times even though the planks are assembled correctly, the small gap on the room edges wasn't considered, so checking that first before doing any of the steps listed above will go a long way to determine whether or not you'll need to take all of the planks off.
I hope this has helped you out, and let us know if you have any further questions,
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