Is It Possible to Repair Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring can be an inexpensive and attractive alternative to real wood floors. If you like the look of real wood, but want something a little less expensive or easier to install, you may opt for laminate in your home. Unfortunately, laminate does have its drawbacks. If it isn’t installed properly with an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, it could swell into humps and buckling on your floor. It also scratches fairly easily, and in some cases may gouge or the top layer may get removed. When these issues occur, it can ruin the look of the entire room, even if only a few boards are affected. Fortunately, there is a way to fix your floor. Unfortunately, because laminate cannot be sanded and refinished like wood can, the individual ruined boards cannot be fixed and will need to be replaced, regardless of where they are in the room.
Click Lock Installation
The vast majority of laminate floors sold and installed today have a click lock installation where the boards snap together on the sides in a tongue in groove method. So while your floor may look seamless when it’s down, it’s actually fairly easily to pull it back up again one board at a time.
To repair some broken or ruined boards, find the wall closest to them and remove the baseboard. Now just unlock the boards until you reach the damaged ones and remove them. Replace them with new boards and then replace the others you took up to get to them.
While this is time consuming, it does give you a way to fix your damaged floor.
Nailed or Glued Boards
If your boards are not click lock, you can still replace them. They just need to be cut out of the floor, usually with a circular saw. Once the damaged boards have been removed, just glue new boards into the floor to take their place. This method takes a little more precision than the click lock method, but in the end it can be a lot faster to fix your floor.