How do I replace a plank in a laminate floor?

Sometimes, accidents happen. A large, heavy object is dropped with the sharp edge down. Regardless of how strong the floor is, it can cause unsightly marks. But don't worry – you don't have to lay the whole floor over again. With a laminate floor, it is easy to replace a broken panel.

The tools you need to fix your laminate floor

A drop saw gives you good precision in freehand sawing. It both makes it easier and ensures a successful result. For the drop saw, there are also nice saw blades that cause minimal splinters when sawing laminate. Besides the drop saw, you only need basic tools like a knife, chisel, pen, wood glue, vacuum cleaner, gloves, aluminium tape, hammer and striking block.

  • Plunge saw with rail
  • Knife
  • Chisel
  • Pen
  • Wood glue
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Gloves
  • Aluminium tape
  • Hammer and tapping block

Remove the damages laminate plank

  1. To begin with: Remember to always acclimatise new floor boards.
    The old floor may have swelled or shrunk depending of the humidity and then the new flooring needs to adapt. Let it lie in the room for about a week before you lay the floor.
  2. Begin by removing the plank or planks that are to be replaced.
    You do this by sawing the plank in the middle along the length. Leave ten centimetres from the edge on the respective side. Try to saw so as to spare the base.
  3. Now saw from the mid-line out to the corners.
    Go as close to the edge as possible – without continuing into the next plank.
  4. When this is done, take the chisel and lift up the two large sections.
    Put the chisel in the middle of the plank and lift up the respective section.
  5. Vacuum carefully so that no sawdust is left.
    If you have damaged the base/liner, tape with Pergo's self-adhesive aluminium tape.

Prepare and install the new laminate plank

  1. Prepare the new plank by sawing off the long side's lower groove - be careful so that you only saw in the groove.
    Test that it went well by laying the new plank against the old that you just took up.
  2. Then saw off 10 centimetres of the tongue on the plank's long side.
    Apply wood glue along the tongue on the floor that is already installed. Be economical with the glue – it can easily become too much. Place your new laminate plank in the opening as close to the short end as possible and click in the long side. Use the striking block to get the plank closer until it falls into place. Then wipe off any excess glue.
  3. Place one or more weights on the plank – that weigh at least 40 kg in total – for at least two hours.

Now your floor is again ready for everyday life and festivities!