Laminate flooring is a favorite among homeowners (and contractors!) for a number of reasons: it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to install, highly durable, easy to maintain and offers a massive number of options in terms of color, texture and overall appearance. While most people are inclined to think laminate flooring is just about indestructible, we at 1st Choice Flooring will be the first to tell you that, yes, unfortunately it is possible to damage your laminate flooring. On the bright side, however, it is also possible to achieve successful laminate floor repair in Albuquerque, NM!
Types and causes of damage
Laminate floors are prone to many of the same types of damage that hardwood floors are likely to encounter. No, you won’t find yourself digging a splinter out of the bottom of your foot, but laminate floors can fall victim to gouges, chips, scratches and other problems, all of which can leave your floors looking not so great.
In general, damage to laminate floors occurs by accident or as the result of fairly obvious abuse. This flooring material is strongly resistant to most types of damage, but mistakes can happen, and the results aren’t always very pretty. Dropping heavy objects, stepping on objects that shouldn’t be on the floor, scooting heavy furniture across the floor—these types of events are likely to damage the material. Fortunately, laminate floor repair in Albuquerque, NM is a possibility that can be explored through a variety of methods.
Repair, replace, refinish
An unfortunate scratch in a laminate floor can be a serious eyesore, but DIY repair kits are available that make repairing scratches very easy. All you have to do is apply the repair compound to the scratch, making sure it fills the damaged area completely, and then scrape off any excess before it dries.
For more serious damage, it may be necessary to replace individual flooring planks. This is most easily done when the damaged planks are located at or near the edge of a room, in which case they can be removed and replaced without too much trouble. Otherwise, replacing damaged planks is likely to be a time-consuming (and therefore expensive) project.
Finally, for laminate floors that are older and have experienced substantial wear and tear over the years, but that don’t yet seem to require total replacement, a refinishing process can be undertaken to restore their shine. In this process, you’ll strip the floors before recoating them with a sealer, and then apply a coat of finish. While simple scratch repair can be completed without professional assistance, most homeowners will likely appreciate help with more complex repairs and refinishing.
At 1st Choice Flooring, our commitment to laminate flooring services is influenced by our 30-plus years of experience with these products; we truly believe they offer a fantastic flooring option for homeowners in all kinds of situations. That’s why we want to help you protect your investment. If you need laminate floor repair in Albuquerque, NM, or if you have questions about caring for your laminate flooring, please give us a call today!