Common Problems with Laminate and Floating Floors

Laminate floating floors look fabulous and are easy to install. But with it comes the responsibility of maintenance and repair. All floor types have their weaknesses and issues. It is important to check for issues especially after installation to avoid further damage and repair costs.

Floating floors refer to a type of installation that locks the board floors to one another. It’s similar to laminate flooring. It does not need to be glued or nailed to the subfloor. This installation process has also been applied to other floorings such as vinyl, hardwood, and many more.

To avoid major floor problems, always check the flooring work after installation for peaking, gapping, buckling, scratches, delamination and chipped corners. Once you spot any of these issues, have the contractor redo that spot to ensure no further damage will occur.

Peaking

This refers to when the laminate floor pushes upward against each other and creates a V-shape. This may be due to lack of space between the wall and the laminate floors. It is usually caused by poor installation. To correct it you may need to remove molding and the last row of the board. You may need to cut it in order to fit the space between the walls. Place a heavy object on the peaking areas for several hours or a day for it to adjust.

Gapping

This occurs when the laminate planks tend to pull or move away from one another and creates a space or gap between each board. This can be caused by a drop or change in room temperature and when the boards are not properly acclimatized for at least 24 hours before installation. Ensure that the room is well heated during winter to avoid shrinkage and gaps of the boards.

Buckling

Buckling or warping of the floor is caused by moisture or water damage, which is why you should never mop a laminate floor with water. Too much water on the laminate floor surface can cause buckling or warping. It can also be caused by inferior product construction. It would be best to put a balancing layer under the boards to equalize the pressure that is exerted from the surface.

Scratching

Avoid moving furniture and heavy objects directly on the surface of laminate floors as they are prone to scratches. This is a common but minor problem, which can be fixed by using a touch-up kit.

Delamination

This brings us back to mopping the floor with water because it can also cause delamination of the laminate flooring. Instead, use a laminate flooring cleaner with a non-abrasive dry cloth. Wipe off spilled water immediately with a dry cloth to reduce the risk of delamination. If you have completely damaged the flooring then it is time to contact a contractor for concrete.

Chipped corners

This can be caused by improper installation. When poorly done it can cause chipping, marks and indentations. This can also be caused when cleaning the floor with a vacuum cleaner that has a beater bar attachment on.

Prevention is better than cure. Make it a habit to check your floating laminate floor after installation.