This flooring is popular for its durability and lower maintenance requirements than hardwood or carpet. It can be easily damaged by water, which is one of its biggest disadvantages.
Nuances of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is resistant to water damage. Laminate flooring will not be damaged if water is spilled on it. Flooding can cause problems. Laminate flooring that has been saturated with water will warp very quickly. The boards’ ends will be the first to notice the warping. This is when you have to replace the boards. Laminate floor repair is difficult because it is difficult to find the perfect match. Water will also collect underneath the floor, between boards and cushioning materials, and between cushioning material and subfloor. It is almost impossible to remove trapped water without tearing the floor.
Symptoms Of Laminate Floor Damage
How can you tell if your laminate floor is cracked? It is easy to see the signs visually. These are the symptoms to look for:
- Puffy/swollen plank edges, especially at the ends of boards.
- Cupping, or crowning – in cupping, the boards bow up from side to side. In crowning, the center of the board bows upward and is higher than the other side.
- Buckling – The boards’ sides are actually separated.
- Cracking or splitting can cause major damage to the board’s surface.
These symptoms cannot be corrected by drying. You will need to replace at least a portion of the floor.
The Positives of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has many benefits. Carpet that gets wet may need to be replaced. Laminate flooring can be replaced by the affected boards.
Let the Repairs Begin
Your subfloor may have been damaged by the water. You don’t want to lay your new flooring on subfloors that aren’t completely dry. Any excess moisture can then be absorbed into the flooring and cause the same damage as the one you just did. These are some tips for basic repairs:
Stop the Leak Before you think about cleaning your floors, locate and stop any leaks.
Identify damaged areas of flooring to determine the extent of damage. You should look for the above-mentioned types of damage.
Take out a little more than you think you need . Many times, water has gotten further than you realize . Continue removing boards until the water is gone from underneath or under the boards.
Board replacement: Slide or tap the boards in place. The last board is the most difficult to replace.
- Each board should be dealt with individually. Do not attempt to remove multiple boards at the same time. You must remove them one at a time.
- Make sure the boards match the rest of the laminate flooring.
- Hire a professional to repair or replace the item.
Looking for professional assistance
No matter what you do to prevent water damage, it is important that you consult a professional.