Laminate floors are incredibly tough; however, they can become;
· scratched or gouged,
· bouncy underfoot,
· damaged by water
Scratches and Gouges
Very LIGHT scratches may be polished out (this very much depends on the surface of your laminate as some are embossed) also this could result in patches of different luster or sheen which can be seen from across the room. Small gouges can be and holes can be filled with matching epoxy filler or hot wax.
However the best way to fix a damaged laminate floor panel is to remove the damaged panel and replace it with a new one (if it’s available, if its not then a little rearranging of the panels could hide the damage under your furniture).
If your laminate uses the glue-
then it’s possible to remove and refit a panel from the center of the room without dismantling the whole floor, or removing baseboards/quarter round.
If your laminate does not use the unicli system, or is glued then it’s still possible to remove and refit panels.
Bouncy and Creaky Laminate Floors
Laminate floors should not feel bouncy underfoot.
There are a couple of reasons why a floor will feel bouncy;-
If its always bouncy and hasn’t got any worse then its probably a sub-
The other reason for bouncy floors is where the laminate becomes “locked in” it has expanded by taking on moisture and no longer fits in the room. Because it is too big for the room it lifts off your sub-
Excessive Water Damage
Laminate floors do not like water, and even “water resistant” laminates can become damaged when subjected to excess or prolonged dampness.
Small localized areas of water damage may be removed and replaced with new boards (all affected board are removed back to sound dry boards). If new boards are available
Certain underlayment can act like sponges and can hold and carry water under the floor.
It is a good idea to get the laminate floor up as quickly as possible so that your sub-
If your going to claim on your insurance ask advice before you remove the damaged flooring as they may want to send an assessor.
Dampness under floors can promote the growth of toxic moulds and spores.
Even if you have LVT fitted (which is 100% waterproof and won’t be damaged by the water) it is a good idea to take up the floor and refit it once the sub-