I have bought some tile effect laminate flooring and was told that i do not need to stagger the flooring when i am laying it. this goes against everything i thought about laying laminate flooring as i assumed it needed to be staggered for strength. i wonder if anyone can help me with this problem.
We would question that advice very strongly Dave and even go so far as contact the manufacturers to confirm. Plesae let us know the make of the floor and the supplier who gave this advice. We can be contacted directly by the email address on the website.
we are manufacture of laminate flooring , with the thickness of 7mm, 8.3mm and 12.3mm thickness.
the main description :
Our product details are as follows:
1. Easy to install.
2. Manufactured to specifications meeting or exceeding requirements in the European Standard of laminate flooring en 13329.
3. High density fiberboard (HDF) core.
4. High quality surface decor papers.
5. Heavy duty wear resistant overlay with 15 to 25 years warranty.
6. High quality production line
7. Will not fade in sunlight, stain resistant and moisture resistant.
I've layed a fair bit of the old laminate in my time & I've always staggered the planks. It can be a bit of a pain matching up the tiles [not to mention a bit more waste] but it'll make for a stronger floor if the joints are staggered..
If your packs of laminate flooring are made up of lengths of laminate with 3 or 4 tiles effect per length then staggering them is the right way but if you packs are singular tiled planks (eg: Quick Step 800 tiled laminate) then you can not stagger the joints unless you want the `brick joint` effect..