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Can I fix a big bubble in my plastic laminate (wood) flooring?

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A lousy contractor I hired last year to lay down 1600 sq ft of plastic laminate flooring (which I like) in a busy space convinced me not to remove some floor tiles laying on 30% of the floor. There is now a large moving "bubble" due to the initial unevenness. Can this be repaired by drilling a hole and inserting floor glue even though the floor is not glued down? Any suggestions other than the obvious nightmare of removing the entire floor and starting new?

I agree, it is probably warped from pressure against the edges from a lack of an expansion gap. Check under the base and see if it goes all the way to the wall. If it does, then you may be able to get another contractor to cut 3/8 inch off all the way around and relieve that tension.

5 Responses to “Can I fix a big bubble in my plastic laminate (wood) flooring?”

  1. keepergary Says:

    I’m guessing you can’t get the contractor to fix it. Sounds like you will have to rip it up and level the floor.
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  2. thewrangler_sw Says:

    OUCH!

    Well, lets see here…. I doubt very much that squirting some glue under the ‘bubble’ will do much good. If your bubble is becuase of the original tile that was not removed… then your laminate flooring has most likely bent itself into the shape around the tile….which means, even if you got under there, and removed all the tile… you would still have the bubble.

    One other possible cause, for a humped up laminate floor would be a failure to allow the proper expansion space around the perimeter of the flooring. Most manufacturers require a minimum 1/4" expansion area.

    If you had moisture damage, you would see the individual pieces of the flooring become bowed, warped, etc…

    My recommendation is to remove the flooring over the tile, and remove the tile. If this is only 30% of the floor… then you do not necessarily have to replace all of the floor. (Im assuming you can get a box or two of the matching style/color)

    If you cannot find some replacement flooring to match yours, then I’m afraid you are going to have to take it all up.

    Good Luck.
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  3. uncle bob Says:

    I have to go with the obvious solution. Laminate floors are floating floors. They are never fastened down with glue or fasteners. That rely on good floor prep on the sub floor to insure a good installation. Hopefully you did not purchase a glue together system, but have the newest "Snap-Together" system, that will make it much easier to repair.
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  4. aL Says:

    The tile under the floating floor would cause it to be somewhat unever in that area, however, if you have a "bubble" then most likely the contractor did not leave the proper expansion at the periumeter or perhaps they nailed the shoe mould into the laminate preventing expansion. Either could be true. If you have the snap kind and they still make the floor, just remove the area where the tile is, remove the tile and replace the floor. If you can’t get anymore of the laminate you could still try this, it may lay down with time. Check about the expansion thing though.
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  5. HSFLOORING Says:

    I agree, it is probably warped from pressure against the edges from a lack of an expansion gap. Check under the base and see if it goes all the way to the wall. If it does, then you may be able to get another contractor to cut 3/8 inch off all the way around and relieve that tension.
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