Your first task is making sure your underlayer floor is flat. This is the key for best installation. High-end product of laminate floor won’t install correctly if the underlayer floor is not level. When your plank can not interlocking perfectly do not hammering your plank, it is better to re check the underlayer for level or debris. Beside, hammering the planks can cause damage the plank’s tongue or groove.
In case tongue or groove of the planks broken, please don’t bother to install them. It will ruin the installation process, then of course wasting you time. Plank’s tongues and grooves can be damage during installation process, or because of mishandling during delivery. Please note that cheaper laminate floor plank is usually had softer core and weak tongue and groove.
For quick step laminate installation, check first the flatness of every plank you bought. Arching plank can cause the clicking between planks difficult to fit. This arching plank may occur since it was stored carelessly in the warehouse of the shop or manufacturer, also because of improper acclimatization process and exposure to moist environment.
Adequate acclimatization required all planks to be sitting in the place where it will be laying for about 2 days. This process shall make the planks to blend better with room humidity and moisture level. The ideal moisture level is 6% ~ 12%, and differs from one brand to the other. After acclimatization process finish, moisture level of the plank ideally less than 2% different from the room moisture level.