You may have a buckle in your laminate flooring or you’re researching potential issues that may occur with laminate flooring. We’ll make this simple for you so you can solve the issue. Yes! It is possible to fix. Buckling laminate flooring is easy to fix if you know how to do it. Before you begin, you should figure out what the possible cause could’ve been. If you’re looking to install laminate flooring for the first time, then you can still learn and prevent buckling by reading our article! Before we talk about the solution, let’s understand some potential problems that may have caused this annoyance.
Reasons for buckling laminate flooring:
- Water and moisture damage (over mopping, water leak etc.)
- Floor was not acclimated before the installation (keep 24-48 hours in room temp before installation.)
- No expansion gap or the gap is too small (bigger rooms, bigger space.)
- No dilatation (big spaces or multiple rooms and “pancake” installation.
- When the floor was installed, the room temperature was below standards required by the manufacture. Usually 65 deg F.
- No vapor barrier was installed; therefore, causing moisture damage (cement sub floors.)
- Luck of floatation (heavy objects such as: pool table, grand piano, heavy furniture and/or kitchen cabinets sitting on the floor.)
- Floatation restrictions ex. nailing quarter round molding to the floor.
- Floatation restriction ex. not leaving expansion around pipes, pillars, t-molding etc.
Usually but not always buckling will be present near a wall where the laminate flooring expansion has met it max.
Steps how to repair buckling laminate flooring:
Step 1: Determinate the reason of the bucking.
Step 2: Fix the reason of the bucking.
Step 3. Repair the floor
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Find & fix the reason of the buckling floor:
In case of bucking related to the moisture or water leak you need to fix the reason of the buckling before you move forward and start repair of the floor. Unfortunately, in most of cases, buckling related to the water leak or moisture exposure will force you to replace the floor or affected planks due to excessive swelling. In severe cases your locking and/or flooring will be expanded in size and you will not be able to properly lock the back in place. If you see blisters on the top surface the game is over- you have no other choice than to replace the damaged area and install new floor. Underlayment must be completely dry and potentially replaced too. Subfloor must be dry and in good repair before you start repair.
Floatation & Movement Restrictions
Laminate flooring is a floating floor system. The seasons, moisture, and temperature (inside and out) play important role how your floor perform. Sufficient expansion gaps are essential. All movement restrictions must be removed and this applies to:
- Remove nailed wall base and/or quarter round to the floor
- Re-install all moldings pinching floor and restricting the friction
- Re install nailed transition pieces without expansion gap
- Re- position and add coasters to heavy furniture to evenly spread the weight of it
- Increase expansion gap on perimeter of the room
- Increase expansion gap to the transitions
- Add dilatation ( big area installation)
- If the flooring was installed under the kitchen cabinets add dilatation or remove laminate under the cabinets.
Repair the floor – what to do with it?
Do not walk on your buckled floor! It will permanently damage the locking system. Depending on your situation and the size of the damage, you may be unfortunately be forced to replace entire room. In a good case scenario after fixing the reason of the buckling you may be able to reinstall or to replace the planks. To do this, first you will want to remove the molding so you can replace the flooring. Once quick note, during the un-installation of your floor do not damage the molding that way you can reinstall it after replacing the floor. After removing the molding, you will want to force down any pressure that is affecting the laminate flooring. You may not be able to remove the pressure with force. However, we want our laminate flooring to be even and beautiful once again.
How to fix a scratched laminate flooring
Maybe you don’t have the buckling laminate flooring problem, perhaps you’re looking for a simple repair to fix a scratch. Maybe you scratched your flooring up in the process of fixing the buckling problem. Don’t worry because the simple fix to repair a laminate flooring is with the Robert’s repair kit.
How to replace damaged laminate flooring plank
If you’re looking to replace a damaged plank and need more information on how to do it yourself then we suggest you check out our article: How to Replace Damaged Laminate Flooring Planks
Thank you for taking the time to read our article! We encourage you share any comments, questions or experiences with us that you may have. We are here to help you in the best way we can.
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