Drop & Lock Laminate Flooring Installation Tips And Common Problems




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Floors To Your Home (.com): In this video, Brian shows exactly how drop-n-lock planks lock together and how to avoid the two most common mistakes made when putting in the floors.

Tara Freeman: i know this is an old video but it was very informative. i was wondering about the "bow" that was happening after my first 3 rows and now understand that i need more weight. I was about to rip it apart and start over.

T Money: Thank you! My first try at laying a floor was an Angle Angle floor in one room. Then a year later, ended up with a Drop & Lock for the next room. I wanted a thicker sturdier floor in the that room. Even though the boxed instructions seem to suggest that it was Angle Angle, the install went smoothly using the Drop & Lock method. I didn't have any of the problems that you mentioned after doing that.

sirenvy: You guys are awesome. Seriously. I am new to this flooring thing, and I am just one of those guys who knows what hes doing, but watches videos to make sure. lol.

Meredith Beesing: Thank you! We were doing all of the common mistakes. 

romulusaikido1: Do you pull the spacers out at the end, or just hide them with the side boards?

Barbara K: Great instruction video. Logical and a good starting point for doing one's own floating floor.

Ahmet Karakus: What to do if you have an U shaped room divided by a wall, I have started off wrong I guess now I have to work backwards :(((((((

superdataman: Very nice instructional video! :-) As a total novice to laminate flooring installation, I went looking for a video to help me learn how to do it right the first time. I viewed a few other videos and then found this one. I am laying a laminate floor in my daughter's room and your tips will be very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to produce and post this video. God Bless!

L3G4CYK1LL3R: Thankyou Very helpful

James Williams: thanks for the clear instruction

SpiderChick69: This was very helpful to me and my husband. We have never done laminate flooring and our flooring looks amazing thanks to your video. Thanks so much.

Steven Harper: I never put in flooring before. This is THE best video on YouTube on showing people how to install laminate flooring. Thanks for explaing it in layman's terms!

Floors To Your Home (.com): You would always want to get a sample first to make sure your additional flooring will work with your existing flooring. (sorry for the triple post - YouTube has a character count)

Jon Jurisch: Great Video - happened to install my first row and it wasn't working quite right so hit up YouTube... turns out I made mistake #1 and was planning on making mistake #2!

Floors To Your Home (.com): Thank you, jjurisch83. Can't tell you how gratifying it is to hear that this is actually helping people out. That's just great.

kulminaator: Thanks for the helpful video

Junior Antonio Lenoci: complimenti molto chiaro.... fantastic it's very clear

Duncan Aitchison: Excellent and clear advice. Supper job

Floors To Your Home (.com): You should see seams in the laminate; it's a beveled product. Some laminate flooring is made to lay flush from plank to plank, to give you a perfectly smooth, flat floor you can slide across in your socks. Others will have bevels, where the edges are cut to form between any two pieces a groove ranging from 45 to 90 degrees. Some people just prefer an apparent separation between planks. Most French Bleed laminates, for instance, are also beveled.

0seth0: You are an idiot. I realize that you are doing this for the business where you work but really. I can see giant seams in the laminate in your video!

kayyRdee06: Great video! Our guys started doing a structured pattern but I knew it was more of random placement and just getting the joints covered. Thank you for you expertise!

Floors To Your Home (.com): If you mean to ask "are Uniclic and Valinge Drop & Lock systems" the best answer is "they can be". Your biggest difference in click together installation systems for laminate floors is the difference between any Drop & Lock (or Fall Down Click) and any Angle Angle. Uniclic and Valinge can actually be either system - it depends on the product they are producing.

Floors To Your Home (.com): Ahmet, the best starting point would be the bottom of the U, then once you hit the divide, you basically just have 2 smaller rooms to finish. If you start at the top of the U working down, and there is *any* difference in the room's length (going up the sides of the U) from one side to the other, then when your two floors meet after the divide, one may actually be an inch or so ahead of the other, and they may not line up (vertically).

Floors To Your Home (.com): I don't know which exact floor you're installing, Matt. The most common type of laminate installation is another method called angle to angle, and with that one would do as your instructions indicate. We show that in our video on angle to angles at about 5 minutes in. The link is in the description. The ratio with these methods is around 1 to 4 against Drop & Lock, maybe more, so most will find themselves with an angle to angle floor.

Floors To Your Home (.com): Thank you very much!

Matt Goguen: If you go to 6:00 into the video where you talk about not doing the end joint first. in the instructions it says to do the end joint first by lifting up the board to the left, clicking in the end joint and then click in the seam... doesnt make sense

Floors To Your Home (.com): The other issue is that different manufacturers have their own versions of both Drop & Lock and angle to angle installations, so you might find a manufacturer who does indeed say to lift the previous plank, line up the ends, and then lock the long side of the new plank. With the Drop & Lock floors we have, that would make installation pretty difficult, but we certainly don't sell every floor on the market. Always follow YOUR directions. This video is for general demonstration and tips.

Floors To Your Home (.com): (pt. 2) If you're asking if a certain Drop & Lock system on a brand of floor you have is an exact match to the Drop & Lock system on flooring we have, the answer would be that you definitely shouldn't count on it. Each manufacturer can have their own versions of Angle Angle and Drop & Lock, or many versions, so you should never expect to be able to lock together different brands, types, styles, or even the same brand purchased some time later, like a year or so after your initial purchase.

f3hunter: Thank you for the video-It definitely made my installation much easier.

Floors To Your Home (.com): You pull the spacers out at the end. The gaps left between your flooring and your wall is what will be hidden under your side boards and trims. Those gaps all around your floor allow it to slip further under your trims, and then pull back away as the floor expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. I've put a link in the video description to a page showing what that can look like, a space covered by a trim.

Floors To Your Home (.com): Thank you, Mr. Harper!

Floors To Your Home (.com): Glad to be a help!

donald browndyke: good job,this was great.and further more it's nice to see simple easy to follow instructions.

Floors To Your Home (.com): Thank you!

ThePumpkinKing 07: this video really helped me out. thanks for the video. it was easy to follow.

Jeet rawti: Very good presentation and very helpful tips.

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