What is causing my laminate flooring to become warped?


I doubt it qas from rhe cleaning unless standing water or harsh chemicals were involved. Find out what chemicals were used to clean the flooring. Some (all?) laminate flooring is very susceptible to chemicals and recommend either only water or special cleaner.

IMO, This is most likely a moisture problem. Check any and all sources of water near the flooring. Perhaps a leaking dishwasher or sink is allowing moisture under the flooring.

For perspective, my wife spilled some bubble solution on our laminate and it was cleaned up less than 1 min later but it managed to soak into the seams a bit. That seam raised up about an 8th of an inch and took nearly 2 weeks before it was completely dry. As it dried, it slowly retreated back to level with the surrounding...

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Laminate flooring is made to last, however sometimes you can run into issues and one of the most common issues is buckling laminate flooring. Buckling occurs when laminate flooring does not have enough space to contract and expand with temperature changes. Since it is a floating floor, the planks tend to contract when it is cool and expand when it is warm. Therefore it is crucial to take precautions to prevent buckling.

Buckling laminate flooring is easy to fix if you know how to do it. Before you begin, you should figure out what the possible cause is for the buckling.

Reasons For Laminate Flooring Buckling

Water and moisture damage Floor was not acclimated before the installation No expansion gap or the gap is too small When the floor was installed, the room temperature was unusually high or low No vapor barrier was installed, causing moisture damage Inability for the flooring to flat properly Floatation restrictions prohibiting the floor from floating properly...
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Whether you choose laminate flooring or hardwood flooring for your home depends on your taste, your lifestyle, and your budget. Both flooring types offer a wide array of design choices, so you can find a floor to easily match your taste.

Next, your lifestyle. Laminate is usually the preferred choice for busy homes with kids and pets. It's highly durable and designed for worry-free living. With hardwood, depending on the species and the finish, you may have to take extra care to maintain its appearance.

When creating your flooring budget, you should know that laminate floors are generally more affordable than hardwood, but some high-end laminates may be comparable in price. Make sure to do a price check on the laminate floors you're...

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A 'bump' or warping on laminate flooring is mainly caused by 3 things:

1) unevenness or sloped of the base ground
2) low moisture protection HDF laminate flooring board used by lower graded laminate flooring.
3) high humidity in the room being laminated.

For (1), before installing, the ground need to be tested for levelness. If laid on uneven grounds, there will be unescaped air bubbles trapped under the board which will result in warping in the long run.

For (2), because of mass production of laminate flooring in a highly competitive market, many people go for cheap prices instead of quality. Installing low quality floors, with little moisture protection will also result in warping. Here price is really a big matter because the amount to re-install the flooring again is very high as it involves in retrieving the existing floorboards and replacing it with the new ones.

For (3), if the owner's room is very humid. Say, you need to...

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Laminate flooring has four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer. The wear layer protects the floor from stains and fading. Beneath that, the design layer is literally a photographic image of wood, stone or other natural visual. For structural strength, the inner core layer’s plastic resin keeps the laminate stable and flat. The backing creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping. It’s this layered construction that makes laminate floors so remarkably durable. Most laminate flooring products can be installed anywhere, but it is not recommended to install in rooms that are prone to moisture, such as bathrooms as moisture can cause the laminate floors to warp or swell.

There are several reasons to choose laminate flooring including; versatility, durability, easy care and cleaning and easy installation. Laminate flooring is available in a variety of appearances and often times look so similar to the real thing that...

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The class or grading refers to the quality and durability of the flooring.

* Grade / Class 31 (AC 3): intended for home areas with intensive foot traffic or commercial areas with light foot traffic.
* Grade / Class 32 (AC 4): used in commercial areas with medium to heavy foot traffic.
* Grade / Class 33 (AC 5): suitable for commercial areas with extremely heavy foot traffic.

The thickness of the flooring does not necessarily relate directly to the quality or durability of the product. The thickness of the flooring gives you an indication of the strength of the joints and pressure it can withstand. 8mm, 10mm and 12mm flooring is used in large areas as the stress on the joints is greater than in smaller areas.

V- Groove Flooring:
V-Groove refers to the visual gap that makes the floor planks appear individual and separate much like real wood floors.

Kronopol is member of the Swiss...

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There is nothing to correct the warping, however, depending on where the the warping is, you may be able to replace the affected pieces.

If you have or can still get the same brand & pattern, you can remove the threshold, reducer strip, transition or whatever was used at the nearest doorway. This needs to be a doorway at the end of a lineal run of flooring.

Use some masking tape & number each piece that needs to come out, including the damaged ones, then make yourself a drawing of everything you have just numbered...as it lays before anything is removed.

Once you've got your everything marked & your drawing made, take a rubber mallet & start knocking the first plank towards the doorway. Continue removing planks from the same row until you are at least one full plank beyond the length of the damaged area(s). If you need to mark one or two more planks, do it now, then add those to your drawing.

From there you should be able to remove the row next to it & so...

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Hi friends! I have been wanting to write about this subject for such a long time, and am just finally getting around to it. Sometimes this crazy busy life of mine gets in the way of me sharing EPIC information with you guys. I'm sorry–there's really no excuse for me not sharing this info with you sooner. You see, I am about to tell you all about why we chose laminate flooring for our home and after reading it, you might make the same decision.

Now, let me rewind for you. Our first home was built in 1925 and had GORGEOUS heart of pine wood floors. Our second home was built in in 1990 and we had oak hardwood floors installed in it before we moved in. Our third home was built in 1926 and had stunning, original oak floors, that we had professionally refinished. I was a hard core lover of hard wood floors. I used to shudder at the thought of laminate floors. No thank you–only the real thing was good enough for me.


Then at the end of 2012, we...

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Cleaning laminate floors is a breeze with the right mop. This handy guide will teach you how to clean laminate floors effortlessly so you have more time to put your feet up!

To get started you will need 2 things:

#1 Microfiber Mop

Best Microfiber Mop

First make sure you have the right mop for the job. The best way to clean laminate floors is with a

microfiber mop


Microfiber mops glide across the floor picking up dirt and pet hair effortlessly. The swivel heads make it super fast to cover large areas, they get under tables and chairs easily, plus they require less water which is best because laminate flooring warps easily if exposed to water.

#2 Cleaning Solution

You can either buy a manufacturer’s cleaning solution or make one yourself (scroll down to see my recipe for homemade laminate floor cleaner below). Either way you’ll need a spray bottle to squirt the cleaning solution onto the mop pad.


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What are Laminated faux wooden floors?

Laminated faux wooden flooring was developed in the 1970s and is now a widely available and acceptable alternative to solid hardwood. A photograph of a real wooden floor is mounted onto a base board, usually high density fiberboard made from bonded wood waste, which is an extremely stable medium and one that is resistant to warping. If the laminate is made from a tough resin, the flooring will have impressive resistance to burns and scratches and is easy to maintain as it can be simply wiped clean.

2. Can Laminate flooring be installed in a kitchen? Its resilient, wipeable surface makes laminate flooring ideal for kitchen and, because it features photographic imagery, any type of grain, effect, colour or pattern can be achieved, such as imitation parquet or finely cut marquetry patterns, both materials traditionally considered too fine for the ravages of kitchen life.

3. Can Laminate flooring be installed in a...

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As an inexpensive alternative to wood or stone, laminate flooring has recently grown in popularity. It requires less professional expertise to install than other flooring types, and it can save time, maintenance, and overhead costs for businesses and homeowners alike. But maintaining a laminate floor comes with its own set of potential problems. This guide provides an overview of common laminate problems, along with possible explanations, and links to sites with helpful repair / maintenance tips.


If you’re looking for information on installing laminate flooring, you can check out the following links:

Creaking, Popping, and Cracking Sounds

Creaking or cracking sounds are usually the result of the laminate flexing under pressure. A soft crackling noise may be heard occasionally as the laminate presses against the foam layer beneath it. However, if sounds are persistently audible over most of the floor, the laminate may...

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My grandmother would hum while she swept.

“You are my *swish*shine … my only *swish*shine …”

Her fragile alto voice would tremble a little at the high notes, but she always managed to cover it perfectly with a swish. She was fluid peacefulness with a broom was in her hand.

I love to sweep.

I love to sweep and hum and pretend that, somewhere, somehow, she smiles down and infuses her bouts of cleaning tranquility to me when I hit the high note on “*swish*shine.”

Much to her chagrin, I’m sure (looking down or around or however she looks at me now), instead of becoming a nurse or a teacher or some other respectable woman-laborer, I chose the jagged path full of odd jobs – sometimes fancy, sometimes not.

Like, for instance, I used to clean puke off of bathroom floors.

By that, I mean I was a bartender.

Briefly. 6 months.

I still bet I’ve cleaned more strangers’ puke than all of you put together.

After the last last...

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“Hardwood flooring or laminate flooring?” is a question that many homeowners ask professionals every day. If you are one of these homeowners, hopefully this article will help to familiarize you with each type of flooring and assist you with making the best choice.

The main difference between these flooring materials is as follows: hardwood flooring is made of 100 percent wood, while laminate flooring is comprised of synthetic material that is condensed with a lamination process. Laminate flooring may or may not contain real wood. Hardwood flooring is the “real thing”; laminate flooring is artificial, purposed with replicating the real thing.

Laminate Flooring Pros:

Less expensive Easier installation No polishing No fading or yellowing

Hardwood Flooring Pros:

Can be refurbished Longer lasting More attractive appearance

Other Concerns

You should always avoid installing both types of flooring in areas containing moisture, such as...

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Laminate wood flooring is a type of man-made floor covering that is a less costly alternative to traditional hardwood floors. In addition to its relative cost, there are many benefits to using laminate wood flooring instead of real flooring. Laminate wood flooring also has some drawbacks, but before examining its pros and cons, it is necessary to understand what modern laminate is constructed of.

Laminate wood flooring is sold in planks, just like traditional hardwood, however laminate planks are not solid wood, but four different layers pressed together. The bottom layer of laminate is composed of melamine plastic which makes the laminate planks more stable than all species of traditional hardwood. Additionally, the melamine plastic helps resist moisture that may come from the subfloor.

The next layer of laminate wood flooring is the dense inner core. Most laminate manufacturers make their inner core out of pressed particle board or high-density fiber board. Varying...

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There seems to be a lot of confusion between laminate flooring and vinyl flooring.

Here in Westchester NY, many customers get these terms mixed up…they say vinyl when they mean laminate or laminate when they mean vinyl. So, part of my job is to help clarify which type of flooring they mean as well as which type of flooring makes the most sense for them.

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a hard surface that usually looks like hardwood (occasionally looks like tile) and is made with recycled hardwood. It has a picture of hardwood floors (it isn’t real), but some of the more upscale versions do look very real. On top, it has a melamine wear layer which give it strong scratch protection, and underneath, there is a high density core board. Laminate flooring is usually around 3/8 of an inch and can often be placed on top of existing flooring – whether it’s concrete, tile or even hardwood (assuming the floor underneath is stable and even).

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Q. How do I clean my laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is a beautiful, low maintenance, long-lasting flooring. There are several simple steps that you can take to keep your laminate flooring clean and to ensure that you get many years of service from it. Simply dust mop or vacuum with a soft brush or wood floor accessory to keep your laminate floor clean from dust, dirt or grit. A damp cloth or mop can be used without damage to the laminate flooring panels, but do not use excessive water. Dry the floor thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth. Blot up spills or water from wet feet or footwear immediately with a clean, dry cloth, sponge, or paper towel. Do not allow excess liquid to remain on the surface of your laminate floor. Do not use soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners, or combined “clean and shine” products on your laminate floor. Do not use steel wool or other scouring pads that may scratch laminate panels. Do not wax or...

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How to Repair Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring continues to grow in popularity, and for good reason. It’s durable, sleek and tidy. Furthermore, it requires so much less maintenance than other types of flooring like carpet and wood.

Unfortunately, many people still remain quite uninformed as to its many nuances. Like any other type of flooring, it too comes with its own fair share of advantages and disadvantages. And it just happens that these pros and cons play a big role when it comes to repairing laminate flooring from water damage.

Nuances Of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is technically resistant to water damage. If you spill some water on laminate flooring but promptly wipe it up, then the floor will suffer no damage. Unfortunately, the situation changes if and when flooding occurs. If and when laminate flooring becomes saturated with water, it...

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Linoleum flooring can bubble and warp for a variety of reasons. The glue holding the floor in place may not cover the area completely, which can lead to air bubbles under the flooring. Or, the subfloor may have gotten wet, causing the glue to lose its adhesion. Scooting furniture, such as kitchen chairs, across the floor can warp small areas over time. Regardless of the reason for the warping, there is a simple way to fix it.

Outline the edges of the warped area by placing masking tape on the floor on the perimeter of the warping. This helps you keep your repair to only the area that needs it.

Slice through the warped area, making a small diagonal line with a utility knife. If the problem is an air bubble, this can release the air and prevent the need for further repair.

Roll the warped area with a rolling pin, pressing down with firm pressure. This pushes out any remaining air and flattens the floor.

Cut another diagonal slit across the warped area,...

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Laminate flooring comes apart as easily as it goes together, but the edges are fragile, so you have to disassemble a floor carefully if you want to reuse the boards. One of the advantages of laminate flooring is that it floats on the subfloor, which means it isn't attached by glue or nails. When laminates were new, however, you often had to glue the boards to each other, and, once glued, they were difficult to separate. That isn't true of most contemporary laminates. They have a locking mechanism that simply unlocks when you want to separate them.

Pry off the baseboards from the perimeter of the floor and from any posts or other features in the middle of the floor, using a pry bar. The baseboards should be hiding a 1/4-inch gap between the flooring and the wall. You need that gap to begin the disassembly.

Locate the groove-side of the floor, which is the side toward which all the floorboard grooves are facing, by looking in the gap on both sides of the room. In order...

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There are few things more annoying than walking across your hardwood floor, in a hurry to get to another room in the house--but suddenly, you stumble. What caused the trip? Your way was absolutely clear!

That's when it dawns on you that your floor is the culprit. Upon closer inspection, you can see the gentle rise in floorboards that are supposed to be perfectly flat. Sure enough, those boards are warped.

Now what?

Fixing Warped Wood Floors

The procedure for fixing a warped wood floor depends on the size of the problem. Smaller issues can probably be fixed with a few handy tricks, but larger problems might require the services of a professional flooring contractor.

First, figure out the character of your warp. Is it a tiny bump that needs to be smoothed out or a larger problem that requires some ingenuity and muscle to overcome?

Small Warps. If you notice a tiny warp in the wood as you walk across it, the fix is probably easy. If the wood is...
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A warped wood floor can be a huge bummer for anyone. The idea that you may need to tear up your warped floor and spend lots of money you don't have can be really stressful. But don't fill your head with pictures of pried-up planks and dollar signs spilling out of your ears just yet. The issue may not be as terrible as you think.

What causes a wood floor to warp? Usually, it's due to humidity or moisture. This can be caused by changes in temperature and the issue often occurs during a seasonal transition. Water, as it is with just about any household issue, is almost always the cause of hardwood floor warping.

Warping and cupping are the two main types of floor damage and each cause varying degrees of deterioration.


Cupping, also known as wash-boarding, is the milder form of floor damage. Picture a typical wooden floor plank. If the edges along the entire length of the plank curl up and the middle sinks down, that's cupping. This is...

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There is nothing worse than buying a beautiful, new hardwood floor and days later witnessing damage from moisture or flooding. Thankfully, there are a few handy tips if you happen to suffer minor buckling in your hardwood floors. However, if the buckling is from extreme moisture exposure, you will probably need to consider replacing entire planks.

Find more information about hardwood flooring NOW!

Buckling can occur for a number of reasons. Whether there is too much weight on the wood flooring or exposure to moisture, understanding why buckling occurs is the first step to fixing it.

What Is Buckling

Buckling, also called cupping or crowning, is the most extreme case of too much moisture exposure for wood flooring. When a plank has begun to separate from the sub-flooring, it has begun buckling. Although most cases of too much moisture or humidity can be solved before buckling occurs, it does happen.

Cupping is when the edges of a plank begin to...

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