Why does Laminate Flooring Bubble?
Here at Floor Coverings Local, we have recently been getting a lot of questions about floor bubbling, and the main question being: why does laminate flooring bubble? Well guess what? We’re here to help you prevent this from happening!
Moisture causes Laminate flooring bubble
The wood materials in the laminate flooring will expand when they are in contract with moisture or water. Humidity is one of the ways that moisture can be introduced into your flooring. So, for example, on a hot summers’ day, you may find that the laminate flooring is to bubble.
The amount of moisture in the air can cause your laminate to change widths. Manufacturers generally recommend that you install your laminate flooring in no more than 60% humidity and no less than 30% humidity.
However, direct water spills will cause bubbling and damage to the laminate floors around the edges and planks, as the water droplets can seep through the flooring joints, where the locking system connects.
How to Prevent floor bubbling
Here at Floor Coverings Local, we’re here to help you prevent floor bubbling in Laminate flooring. For instance, acclimate your flooring for 48 hours in the room you’re installing it in, leave an expansion gap of ¼ inch to ½ inch around all walls. If you are installing on a cement subfloor, use a moisture barrier, and run you’re A/C in the summer to keep humidity down in your home.
How to repair bubbles Laminate Flooring?
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for these types of flooring mishaps. When it comes to fixing the cause of the buckling, there is really only one way to do it. The most important thing to note is to not walk on your buckled floor! It will permanently damage the locking system.
Depending on your situation and the size of the damage, you may be forced to replace entire room. In a good case scenario, after fixing the reason of the buckling, you can uninstall the planks, replace heavily damaged planks, and reinstall the rest of the room.
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