There are many reasons why you might want to change your laminated floor. Maybe it has become damaged and is in need of repairs, or you may just fancy a change. In this article, we offer a step by step guide on how to change your laminated floor.
What will I need?
Some of the equipment and materials which can be crucial to changing your laminated floor are; all the new planks you need, a hammer, chisel, circular saw, table saw, router, wood glue, and a drill.
The way in which you replace a section of the laminated floor is going to depend on where it is located in a room. First, let's look at how you should go about replacing planks in the middle of a room.
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First things first
First, you will need to drill a hole in each corner of the planks you want to take out. These holes should be as close as possible to the plank ends.
After drilling more holes on each side of the plank (aim for four to five inches away from each other), before drawing a cutting guide between the holes.
Then cut along the lines to the drilled holes, starting from the center, and make sure you do not drill deeper than the depth of the laminate.
You can then lift out the centerpiece, before removing the other board pieces by carefully rocking them. After cleaning the area and clearing excess, you can put in your replacement plank, starting by cutting off the tongue on both sides.
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Glue the groove of the uncut plank which was formerly connected to the damaged plank, wipe off any excess glue and let the new plank sit to dry overnight, with something heavy placed on top of it.
When the section of planks you want to replace is next to the wall, you will have to employ different steps to get the job done.
First, you need to remove the molding along the wall which is nearest to the planks which you want to replace. Disassemble all the planks around the planks which you want to replace. This is effectively to disconnect the locking system which is around the planks you want to renew. You do this by disconnecting the tongue of one plank from the groove of another. You can do this until you have covered the area you have targeted (the planks you want to replace and those around them).
All you need to do then is reset the moldings on the wall base, following the replacement and reconnection of each plank.
Some more tips
Remember, if you simply need to address a scratch or minor chip, first clean the affected area and wipe it with a cloth. You can then use a laminate floor repair kit that matches best with your laminate floor colour. For larger imperfections, you can use putty. You might even want to mix several putty colours to allow you to get closer to the colour of your floor. A floor repair marker is another option for colouring in scratches.
Any parts of the processes described in this article should be performed with diligence. This is all the more important because any carelessness could cause damage to planks that surround the sections that you are replacing.
So that's our quickfire guide on how to change your laminated floor. Once the job is done, you can look forward to a tough flooring option that is easy to clean and offers very few hiding places for dust and mold. Here's to your new laminated floor!