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By Penny Flanders

Compared to other types of flooring, laminate definitely stands out as being quite durable. There are, though, a few ways in which laminate floors will warp, and a few reasons why. Let’s examine the type of warping that is called peaking. Laminate
floors which are peaking look as if they are rising, like there is something coming up from underneath the floor. The resultant effect is a bit disturbing. Some people immediately think there is something wrong with the foundation in their home, or that, somehow, water has gotten under the laminate floor, but this is unlikely.

The Causes Of Peaking

Your laminate floor might be peaking for a few reasons. If you want it fixed right the first time, you’ll make knowing exactly what’s happening your top priority. Many people assume that whatever affected their friend’s laminate floors is also affecting theirs, but this is a dangerous and costly line of thinking. Assuming this can cost you not only money, but a ton of time.

Lack Of Expansion Space Is A Top Cause Of Peaking

Everything around us expands and shrinks, and your laminate flooring is no exception. For this reason, laminated floors should always have the appropriate amount of space at their edges, before the molding. If there is no space, the planks will instead push up against one another. Once there is enough pressure, the planks will begin to rise. Although often minor at first, if this is ignored for a long enough time, a floor can develop a hump or hill.

Fixed Moldings Will Cause Peaking

Even if the planks have plenty of room for expansion, the laminated flooring can’t get to it if the moldings are attached to the ground. This can cause a nightmare as tracking down the secured molding can be difficult. As laminate flooring is supposed to float, meaning remain detached from both the moldings and the subfloor, that one solid point could be anywhere. Amateur installers are especially guilty of this as
they sometimes connect their laminate floor to their molding to try to stabilize it while installing and, sometimes, they just don’t know you’re not supposed to do that.

The Length Of The Boards Can Cause Peaking

This one only pertains to some manufacturers of laminate flooring, and generally happens the least. When you have one board that is longer than it should be, the effect can be similar to when there is not room enough for expansion. This is an easily avoidable issue, and won’t happen as long as no single plank is longer than the manufacturer recommends. If you didn’t install the floor yourself, though, you may have difficulty finding the name of the manufacturer. Luckily, since this is usually only an issue when there are areas that are 40 feet long or longer, most people can consider this a non-issue unless they have a very big home, or are experiencing peaking in a hallway. But, if you just can’t find where the laminate floor has been
fixed to anything, then you might be left with pulling up planks to find manufacturer markings.

For even more laminate floor information, check out Laminate Floor Facts.

About the author:
Penny writes articles on a variety of home improvement subjects, including laminate flooring.