What Can HAppen Without The Proper Expansion Gap?

Floating floors are made to expand, contract and shift as the climate of the room around them changes. If the proper expansion gap is not left during installation, and the planks on the sides push up against the wall, the pressure will cause planks elsewhere in the room to buckle. An expansion gap of about ¼” must be left around all vertical obstructions including walls, permanent cabinets, pipes, etc. When installing a floating floor, cut the tongue off planks where they meet the wall, and use spacers to ensure that you are leaving a uniform gap. Take extra care when installing under door jambs to make sure you undercut them deep enough.