Installation and care
Regarding laminate laying, we want to draw attention to this process's most common mistakes and misconceptions. Which often entail various kinds of consequences. As a rule, there are detailed step-by-step instructions on preparation and installation in each laminate package, so we would like to draw attention to the most common misconceptions and mistakes of such work.
Installation of laminate flooring in rooms with an underfloor heating system

Laminate is one of the most suitable materials for such floors due to its density and thermal conductivity. However, during lying, one should not forget about the general laws of physics. If you do not comply with the recommended temperature regime (a sharp temperature drop, a difference in the temperature of the laminate, the room, etc.), then in the future, this may affect the geometry of the laminate.
Untimely installation of baseboards

The "floating floor" technology used for laminate installation has one important nuance. After installation, it is recommended to ensure the installation of baseboards within 24 hours. Failure to comply with this rule often changes the extreme floor boards' geometry (a slight rise). As a result, installing baseboards becomes more complicated, and cracks will likely appear between the baseboard and the floor.
Cracks (damage of the lock)

The creak is an indicator of a poorly aligned base. It is a fairly common situation when stackers start installing laminate flooring without even assessing the evenness of the base. This problem, in general, is directly related to the installation since the cracks often appear due to damage to the locks and due to the aggressive impact on the laminate boards during installation.
Coating the laminate after laying it with plastic wrap

It is such a common mistake when to protect the finished floor from the consequences of ongoing repairs, the laminate is covered with polyethene. But using this material often leads to a greenhouse effect, which can cause the laminate's deformation. Using cardboard, batting, hardboard, or plywood is better".
Damp/wet base

No matter how ordinary it sounds, what is obvious to everyone is often overlooked. One of the common problems is the swelling of the edges of the laminate after installation. Many attribute this to the bad quality of the product, but in fact, in 95% of cases, the reason is a poorly-dried base. The composition of the screed, its thickness and the number of days that have passed since it was poured are unimportant. The most important and responsible moment is the correct way to know the base's ready for the next steps.