Repairing Laminate Flooring

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Repairing Laminate Flooring
One of the many great things about Shaw Laminate Flooring is that repairs (if you need them) are fast and easy. Skeptical? Keep reading.

“Oops” happens. Repairing our Laminate flooring is simple.
In the event that accidental damage occurs to one of the planks, minor scratches or dents can be repaired using color-fill materials that can be found at a local home center. These special filler materials will need to be color coordinated with your floor. When matched properly, the repaired area is often invisible. When purchasing laminate flooring, always order a little extra in the event that a plank replacement is needed.

Laminate Plank Replacement options
  • Determine if your plank needs to be replaced or simply repaired with a filler
  • Is your board just scratched or has damage compromised the integrity of the board or locking system?
  • If board is damaged and needs to be replaced gather materials and planks for replacement (see below)
  • Determine which replacement method works for you
  • If you are unsure about doing the replacement please contact your retailer or installer to help with the project

Tools needed for board replacement:
  • circular saw with carbide tipped blade
  • hammer
  • chisel
  • utility knife
  • vacuum
  • painters tape (Blue Tape 3M 2080 is best)
  • dust broom
  • dust pan
  • tongue and groove adhesive
  • table saw
  • tapping block

  1.  Using the painters tape, tape around the damaged board and mark the board where you need to cut. Draw a line from the corners of the board, at a 45 degree angle, toward the center of the board. Then draw a line down the length of the board one inch from each side.
  2.  Set your circular saw to cut the thickness of the replacement boards.
  3.  Make cuts, using the circular saw, being careful not to cut into the surrounding boards.
  4.  Vacuum the saw dust from the area.
  5.  Remove the painters tape.
  6.  Using the hammer and chisel, remove the center piece from the damaged board.
  7.  Carefully remove both end pieces.
  8.  Carefully remove the long side pieces.
  9.  You will need to make the following modifications to the replacement board prior to installation:  a. Remove the tongue from the end and side of the board. b. Remove the ridge from the groove on the other end. c. Remove approximately 1.5 inches of the groove side from the tongue end.
  10. Apply a 1/8 inch bead of tongue and groove adhesive to the grooves on the floor boards and the replacement board.
  11. Insert replacement board locking in the side joint. Using a tapping block, tap the groove end into place.    
  12. Place a weight on the board until the adhesive sets (6-8 hours).

If you prefer you can replace boards using the method below wheich requires pulling up the planks around the damaged plank. In some cases it may not be feesible to do so but if the board is on the starter wall or close, the following option may be easier.

Glueless Laminate makes replacing individual boards a snap.
Our glueless Laminate may be assembled and disassembled several times. Carefully disassembled glueless joints will retain their original locking integrity during re-assembly. New replacement plank(s) should be acclimated in the replacement area for at least 72 hours, to allow them to equalize to the conditions of the flooring in the room where the replacement(s) will take place.
  • Remove baseboard, wall base, or quarter-round as needed to replace the damaged board(s).
  • Take the flooring apart, one row at a time, by lifting the rows to detach them and then separating the individual boards. Be sure to stack the individual planks in the proper order    for re-installation. This usually eliminates the need to cut planks for start or end of the row lengths.
  • Replace the damaged board with a piece from the edge of the original installation.
  • Insert the properly acclimated new plank(s) along the outer edge of the original flooring installation during re-assembly. This minimizes the chance that a newer plank might stand out from the wear condition of the original installation.
  • Re-install the baseboard, wall base, or quarter round, and the replacement-repair is complete.