Uneven cement “lip” bordering the entire room we want to install laminate in

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently installed a plywood subfloor over a slab. There is a cement “lip” bordering the entire room which is uneven and ranges from 1″ to 3″ in different spots. It is impossible to make the plywood meet this lip all the way around the room. Continue reading Uneven cement “lip” bordering the entire room we want to install laminate in

Bad idea to screw or nail down part of a floating laminate floor?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: If I may ask one more question. Isn’t it a bad idea, in general, to screw or nail down a floating laminate floor? Doesn’t this defeat the engineered purpose of a floating floor? Continue reading Bad idea to screw or nail down part of a floating laminate floor?

Laminate repair is lighter than rest of floor

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently had someone come to my condo to replace a section of my laminate flooring. Once the work was done it became obvious that the new flooring was about two or three shades lighter than the old. Is there any way to darken the new flooring without replacing it?

A: As you indicate, the “patch” repair that was done is significantly lighter than the original floor. I have a couple of questions. Did they use the same product to match your floor? Is this a real wood laminate or a “countertop” type of surface with a wood-look “picture”? If it is the same product and is real wood, then perhaps just letting exposer to sunlight do the job will be all that is required.

If they did not use the same product, and this is a wood laminate with a real wood surface that is thick enough to be sanded and finished, then you could likely get an exact color match done at a good paint store, such as Cook’s Paint and Wallpaper on Danforth Ave., and have the area carefully sanded and finished to match the existing. You likely won’t get an exact match, but close enough that the spot does not jump out at you.

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Air bubbles spreading under laminate floor

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We put laminate snap together flooring throughout the entire 3200 sq. ft. house. The house is only a year old. There are several areas that have huge air bubbles under the floor. How do I get the floor to lay flat? Some doors won’t even open unless I stand on the bubble while pulling the door open. It is happening all over the house now. Continue reading Air bubbles spreading under laminate floor

Sanding particle board where it has buckled?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: This is my problem. I have particle board throughout the house. The only area that I have a problem is where I installed self advise vinyl 12″ tile. The edges of the particle board have buckled up where they join to each other in some places. Continue reading Sanding particle board where it has buckled?

Temporarily removing part of laminate floor

Q: The previous owner laid laminate flooring in the lounge. I need to remove part of the flooring to check the floor boarding underneath, because the floor has become springy near to the rear door. Is there an easy way to do this and preserve the laminate flooring that I have lifted? Continue reading Temporarily removing part of laminate floor

Laminate floor brand ID help

Q: Hello! Two years ago, I had a contractor install laminate wood flooring, which he purchased at Home Depot. I had water damage on a few and only need to replace 4 boards. I don’t have a brand name, but I think it’s Mohawk, maybe Shaw. There’s no model number, just a date stamp on the existing boards. Continue reading Laminate floor brand ID help