How to repair a hole in laminate floor

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How to repair a hole in laminate floor
The size of a hole in laminate flooring will determine its repair. (Floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com)

Laminate floors are an attractive option for many homes. These planks are made of several layers of compressed and heat-laminated material, to make them both durable and simple to install. If a small nail hole has punctured one of the laminate floor boards, it can be patched with a colour-matched kit. If the floor has a hole larger than a nail, the board should be replaced. Otherwise, the core material will begin to weaken; a patch will not hold.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Laminate patch repair kit
  • Pry bar
  • Laminate board
  • Nail gun
  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Laminate glue
  • Heavy object

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Patch small nail holes by filling the hole with the coloured wax in the repair kit. Press the wax into the hole, taking care not to apply too much to the surrounding area. Colour the patch with the crayons in the kit until it matches the rest of the floor.

  2. 2

    Remove the baseboard on the wall nearest the plank with a larger hole with a pry bar. Pull the baseboard up and off and begin pulling up planks. Slide the planks toward the wall to unlock and then lift up from the floor until you have removed the damaged plank.

  3. 3

    Snap a new laminate plank into the place of the damaged plank. Hold the new plank at a slight angle, insert the tongue into the groove and lower it to the floor, pushing it into place as you do so. Replace the other boards back to the wall and use a nail gun to replace the baseboard.

  4. 4

    Remove a damaged plank far from a wall by drilling holes in the four corners of the plank, approximately 1 1/2 inch out from the sides. Use a circular saw to make straight cuts connecting the holes. Remove the centre portion of the plank. Cut the long, leftover strips of the damaged floor plank in half with the circular saw and pull them free.

  5. 5

    Cut off the tongues of the replacement plank with the circular saw. Spread laminate adhesive into the grooves of the replacement board and snap the board into place with the nearby board. Place a heavy object on the board overnight until the adhesive dries.

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