|Repairing Laminate Floors|
How can you repair laminate flooring? That depends. If the top surface is real wood and it is damaged you typically can sand it down as you would a solid hardwood floor and refinish it . It’s a tough job, but it can be done. If the top surface is melamine, replace the board . For unglued interlocking flooring that means starting at the finish wall and removing boards until you reached the one you want to replace, then reinstall the others.
To replace a damaged parquet, first determine if the damaged piece is an entire tile or just one parquet. Use a chisel and hammer to carefully remove the tile or parquet. Remove the old adhesive. Then replace it with a similar piece. If the tile is tongue-and-grooved, cut the tongue off so it fits the hole before reinstalling. If no adhesive is used, nail the tile or parquet in place.
If your laminate floor is damaged by a water leak or other catastrophe, remember that it’s your homeowner’s policy that will pay for replacement, not the flooring manufacturer. Policies will cover replacement at current replacement cost or pay a pro-rated value, depending on policy terms. Some insurance companies will require that a contractor repair or install the new floor while others will write you a check and let you call a contractor or install it yourself.