Monday, 27 October 2008

Fixing a Buckled Laminate Floor

Laminate flooring is a great way to improve the value and look of any room. However if your floor is installed incorrectly there are problems that can occur that will detract form its appearance. One of the most common problems is a buckled laminate floor.

A buckled laminate floor is caused by to much tension on the floor and is normally caused by flooring that was installed in before it was allowed to acclimate to the room temperature. To avoid a this problem you should always allow your floor planks to acclimate to the room temperature by letting them sit flat on the floor of the room they are to be installed in. This will allow them to expand or contract with the rooms climate.

If you do experience a buckled laminate floor there is a very easy way to fix it. The first thing you will want to do is to remove the base trim from around the perimeter of the room. Next use a small pry bar to remove the spacers that are between the wall and the laminate flooring. After all the spacers are removed you will need to press down on the buckled sections of the floor to make them flat again, if you are not heavy enough a small rubber mallet can be used to lightly tap the floor flat. When the buckled laminate floor is once again flat you will need to install new spacers that were custom cut to the new width between the wall and the floor. The last step is to replace the base trim and clean up.

Although a buckled laminate floor seems like a major problem it is really an easy fix, if you are unsure on how to repair it your self always seek out a qualified flooring contractor.

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