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January 23, 2012


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Bruce Guillot

I installed laminate flooring in all the common areas for my home five years ago. I have recently noticed an area of 3 foot square that is Bucking in the largest room 3 feet from the wall. The wall is 90 degrees to the floor run. I left almost 1/2" spacing along all the walls for expansion.
All family members say there was nothing spilled on the floor there.
Why is it buckling now after five years?
Bruce Houston,Tx

Hi Genia,

Without all the details it's difficult to say. Did you purchase from Lumber Liquidators? If so, you may need to contact Customer Care at 800-366-4204 for an inspection. Someone there can assist you with more information. Thanks for writing in!


What can you do if in some areas you have peaking and in some areas you have gapping?

Hi Ray, please contact Tech & Install at 800-366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question.

Ray Stallworth

Just install floating laminate floor. There are some dips in the concrete sub floor. Any suggestion for correction at this point without removing the floor

Hi John, you may be able to inject something, but it would be at your own risk. Is it possible for you to take up the board(s) in the spot with a dip and put down something to level it? -Lumber Liquidators

john wagner

I just finished 557 sq feet of the st James bamboo 12 mm laminate floor I have a small area that bounces about an 16 of an inch I knew this was gonna happen due to dip in hardwood floor underneath , my question is can I inject something under it to level that out or do I just deal with it and I already tried calling the tech line , not too helpful I'm sorry to say

Tracey Clark

Why after reading all these posts would laminate be layed in a bathroom? I never knew it was so suseptible to water damage. I have my entire downstairs done in laminate and I have children and a dog. I wish I would've read this post before I had it installed.

Hi Elisa,

If the floor feels "spongy" check to see if the floor is too tight to the walls where it gives. Often this is the primary reason for excessive give. Even if you left enough space, it could have expanded.

I know you checked to be sure the floor was level, but check again just in case. Sometimes it's easy to miss a spot with a small dip or hump in the floor.

The good news is it should be an easy fix, however, the only way to see for sure is to remove the trim and that row or two of boards. The floor can be taken apart and put back together from either side.

If you have any further questions please contact the Tech and Install Dept. at 800-366-4204. Thanks! -Lumber Liquidators


We just installed our morning star bamboo clic floor. It is a floating floor over 2 in 1 moisture barrier underlayment, plywood and concrete. One junction of two boards in the first row we layed is not secure. It bounces at the seam. We were sure to level everything and there was no obvious problem at this spot before laying the floor. Anyway the entire floor is down. What can we do to support this joint from bouncing without taking up the entire floor and laying it again??

Hey Jessica, sorry to hear you're having a problem! Please contact Tech & Installation at 800-366-4204 for better assistance. Thanks for your inquiry. -Lumber Liquidators


We layed laminate flooring in two rooms so far, no problems. We layed about 8 rows in the third room and now we can't get the next row to connect. What causes this problem.

Hi Danielle, sorry to hear that. If you contact our Tech & Installation department at 800-366-4204 a specialist can assist you. Thanks for your inquiry. -Lumber Liquidators


We moved into a home in which the old owners put down laminate wood flooring. There are multiple areas in which the flooring is peaking (I guess based on the description above). My issue is it is really peaking near a door in which it doesn't even have a baseboard nailed down. So why would it be peaking and how can I fix it.

Hi Brenda, if you contact our Tech & Installation department at 800-366-4204 someone can offer you assistance. Thanks for your inquiry.


My brand new laminate floors make an awful cracking noise when walked on. Why is this and can it be fixed...

Sorry about that, Josh. If you contact our Tech & Install department at 800-366-4204 someone can better assist you with the issue. Thank you for your inquiry. -Lumber Liquidators


Good evening.

I am currently replacing about 15 laminate floors that were water damaged after a pipe cracked in the adjacent wall. I am noticing that the newer planks are a fraction thinner than the old boards (about 3 year old boards). The new boards are the same make and model. I am also noticing that when I am locking the new boards in, they do not lay flat against the ground but are at a slight angle, I can ouch the board onto the ground, but the previous board then angles up. My service is flat and clean. Will the boards eventually flatten if I continue to install?

Hey Mary Lu, you could try an area rug around the tank to protect the floor. If you contact Sales at 800-476-0007, a representative will be able to offer more advice. Thank you for your inquiry! -Lumber Liquidators

Hi Donna, this question would be better answered by our Tech & Installation team. Please contact them at 800-366-4204. Thanks for your inquiry!

Mary Lu

We have two fish tanks and are going to switch flooring from carpet to laminate flooring. What is suggested to protect floor from unnoticed leaks that might happen?

donna blackburn

Hi can laminate flooring be sealed once it has already been laid...thankyou

Adil Javed

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Lumber Liquidators

Hi Cobria,

Because there are so many different floors and cleaners, we can only recommend our Bellawood hardwood and laminate cleaner.

Laminate flooring is made to be easy to care for, consequently no waxing is required. Typically, all that is required is sweeping to remove surface grit and occasional spot treatment with a manufacturer's recommended cleanser. Strong cleaners are neither required nor recommended; "Wet flood mopping" is also not recommended for cleaning, laminate floors are moisture resistant not water proof. For specific care instructions please contact Tech & Install at 800-366-4204. Thank you for your inquiry!


Since you are not able to wet laminate floors . What is best used for cleaning? If have feet prints on my floor and need to somehow remove. Thanx for you help.

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