I'm doing a laminate floor and the floor seems to be super cheap. I mostly do trim and framing and a little bit of natural wood flooring. I was doing trim on a house and they asked me to also do the laminate floor (about 400 SF or so). I've done laminate before but it didn't have the same problems as this floor. As I'm installing it, they won't go together tight without a little tap from a rubber mallet. When I do that, the tongue or the groove section just basically smash. I feel like the tongue and the groove are pretty much like cardboard and they fall apart really easily. It took me about 3 hours to install about 100 SF of wall to wall, which seemed to me to be kind of slow. I'm following the instructions from the mfg exactly. Any suggestions on how to make this go together easier? I also have to hold the entire row up and go along the row with the mallet to tap the tongue in before it will go tight and then lay flat. When I lightly tap it, (I mean barely at all) it just crushes the edge so it won't go together on the next row either. Suggestions?