Laminate flooring offers speedy installation and the freedom from finishing fumes in your home, but this stuff isn't foolproof. There are tricks you need to know and apply for long-lasting results, especially if you choose laminates that click together without glue.

Click-together laminates have taken over the market because they're so easy to use, but some brands have a hidden weakness.

Every laminate manufacturer recommends that their product sit inside its new home for a week or so to acclimatize to the humidity there. And while this is excellent advice,it's not going to stop a problem that may look like shrinking but isn't- gaps that can develop between the ends of laminate flooring pieces after installation. From The Ottawa Citizen.