Do you scream in fear every time you turn the corner and see those damaged laminate flooring planks? Does the idea that your flooring looks damaged scare you at night? We’re here to help you put an end to those frightful worries!
You don’t have to live with floors that haunt you. Scaring away damaged planks might be easier than you think.
Although laminate flooring is ultra-durable, damages happen. If your flooring is scratched, dented, or buckled, you might need to replace a plank or two. With laminate, it’s easy.
No Glue, No Nails, No Problem
If you installed your own laminate flooring then you know that you do not need any nails or glue to secure your laminate flooring planks in place. The unique tongue and groove locking system snaps each plank securely in its spot so that it does not shift or move over time.
If damage occurs, you can unlock the planks in the same way they were installed and replace the damaged pieces. Please note that if you buy new replacement planks, you will need to acclimatize the flooring the same way you did before the floors were installed.
Once that’s done, here’s how to repair your damaged floors!
1. Remove The Moldings/Baseboards
Start by removing the baseboard or molding around the area where you plan to work. This should be done carefully so that you do not cause any damage to the boards, molding, or walls.
2. Unlocking The Laminate Planks
Carefully unlock each piece of laminate leading to the damaged planks and set them to the side. You will replace these undamaged laminate planks in a minute so take care not to cause any additional damage while uninstalling your flooring.
3. Remove And Replace The Damaged Plank
Once you’ve reached the damaged planks, carefully remove them and replace them with the new laminate flooring that you previously acclimated. You can then throw away the damaged planks, use them for a DIY project, or contact the manufacturer to see if they have a recycling program.
4. Replace The Non-Damaged Planks
Once the damaged planks have been replaced, you can put back the non-damaged pieces until your floor is once again complete. Be sure that there is still an expansion gap between the last plank and the wall it’s installed next to!
5. Replace The Moldings/Baseboards
To finish your repair job, replace the baseboard or molding. Once finished, you shouldn’t be able to tell that your floors were ever uninstalled and reinstalled!
It’s easy to fix damaged laminate flooring planks, but if you find yourself still having questions, write them in the comment section below! We will be happy to help you with your flooring needs!
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