Laminate floors are highly versatile in many rooms of a house, including but not limited to kitchens, bathrooms, and enclosed patios. It’s the easiest and most inexpensive flooring treatment on the market. With a wide range of finishes, designs, and textures, including tile for bathrooms and kitchens, and laminate wood flooring for other rooms, it has a ton of other benefits to home and business owners.
It comes in two styles- snap and lock, Improper installation, however, can lead to a multitude of problems, not least frustrating of all being bubbling. Fortunately, bubbling in laminate floors is an easy fix. When all else fails, contact a certified Chicago laminate flooring specialist to help fix the issue.
Check the Floor and Remove Molding
Survey the area of the flooring where the bubbling is present. Moisture buildup underneath the flooring, as well as too much tension between planks, may be the culprit behind this unsightly issue. Walking along the floor to check areas for warning signs of further bubbling can help to prevent more of an issue. Upon identifying the area that contains bubbles, replace any planks with any sign of bubbling. Start with the wall molding closest to the damaged tiles. With a hammer or screwdriver, carefully separate the molding from the wall. Ensure that the molding lacks damage so you don’t have to replace that as well.
Remove the Floorboards
After cautiously removing the moldings, start removing the flooring or planks around the damaged area. Snap and lock laminate flooring will make this a far easier task. You just need to lift the board and slide it away from the other plank. Glued flooring will require removing the planks cautiously by lifting them slowly.
Replace the Flooring
After removing all of the damaged boards and the ones that surround it, you may now replace the damaged parts. Using the same kind of laminate flooring to prevent an uneven appearance, slide in and lock in the new flooring, or glue new tiles down. Replace the surrounding floorboards back to their original positions, making sure to slide and lock the tongue and groove tightly. Begin with the newly replaced flooring and continue to the wall. Replace the wall molding as well.
Peaked Laminate Floors
Sometimes bubbles are caused by peaking. Peaking is when the flooring lacks the proper space at the walls for expansion so that tension can be released. Remove the molding around the damaged area and make sure that the gap between the edge of the flooring and the wall is at least ¼” to an inch. If this area is smaller, simply trim the edge of the board and ensure that the gap is the appropriate distance. Add some weight to the peaked boarding until it has flattened and replace the molding.
Consider the Flooring You’re Using
What many people fail to realize, even after they install laminate flooring, is that there are actually several different grades. AC1, for example, is typically used to floor closets or model homes. As you move up the ladder, you get into the more durable laminates, such as AC6, which is used for commercial applications. The type of laminate you are using should hinge on the amount of traffic that it is going to be seeing on a regular basis, and if your floor is constantly bubbling, then you might want to strongly consider replacing it. Just remember that in some areas of your home, you can use a floor with a lower AC rating than others.
Seal it Up
Finally, don’t forget to seal your floor. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not sealing their floor following an installation, and a good seal means you won’t have liquid penetration into the floorboards. It’s an extra step, but it’s well worth it.
Many Chicago flooring companies provide services to ensure that your laminate floor is in its best condition. Professional installation and maintenance can go a long way toward preventing issues such as bubbling or peaking.