How to Level a Warped Laminate Floor

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How to Level a Warped Laminate Floor
Laminate flooring can warp due to moisture. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Laminate flooring consists of several layers of wood and fibre pressed together to resemble solid wood floors. Laminate is rarely glued or even nailed down. It fits together like a jigsaw puzzle and nails along the sides of the walls. You cannot simply place a heavy object on warped laminate flooring. You must replace the warped flooring with new flooring.

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Things you need

  • Crowbar
  • Claw hammer
  • Replacement laminates
  • Mitre saw
  • Rubber mallets
  • Brand nails
  • Dust sheets
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Pry the floor trim off the wall that runs parallel with the floorboards that is closest to the warped boards. Use a pry bar to remove the trim. If you break the trim, you will need to purchase replacement trim and paint. Take caution not to damage the trim during removal.

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    Pry up the row of boards closest to the walls. In most cases, this is the only row of boards actually nailed into place. If possible, pry up on the edge of the board to prevent damage. However, it is possible you will have to replace some of the boards in the first row along with the warped boards. Consider this when planning how many boards you need to purchase. With the boards pried up, slide them toward the wall. There is a gap between the floor and wall.

  3. 3

    Slide the next row of boards to the wall to remove them from the next set of boards. Pile the boards in a logical manner that allows you to remember how to place the boards when you put them back. Continue removing boards until you remove the warped boards.

  4. 4

    Place new boards in place of the warped boards. It is possible you might have to cut the boards to length. If so, use a mitre saw to cut the new boards to length.

  5. 5

    Place the old boards back into place. Use a rubber mallet to take the touch and grooves together.

  6. 6

    Place brad nails into the tongues on the row closest to the wall.

  7. 7

    Place the floor trim back in place. If you need to use new boards, place dust sheets on the floor and paint the trim.

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