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Question DetailsAsked on 7/27/2013

how to fix air pockets under laminate floors

Some areas of my laminate floors are bubbly, as if there was air underneath it.

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1) If you mean the surface "color" layer is bubbly, then it is delaminating - if relatively new, a manufacturing defect or you used a cleaner with a solvent in it.

2) If the top veneer is peeling off, then did you get water into the joints, causing it to delaminate ?

3) One other possibility is it is getting wet underneath, and bowing up from that.

4) If it feels like the whole floor is bouncy, like areas are arching up, then the summer heat probably caused it to expand to the point it took up all the expansion space around the edges (if there was any left), causing it to bow up.

You need flooring specialist to look at it to determine the cause, and to look at a remedy. Causes 1, 2 and 3 means replacing the delaminated areas. Cause 4 means adding expansion space around the edges, which may or may not mean pulling some ro all the floor up and relaying it, IF it will come apart readily.

If under installation warranty, call back the original installer to redo it right, if cause 4.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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