Separated Engineered Floor

We’ve recently been called to a clients home to assess their engineered wood floor and to see if there was anything that could be done. Unfortunately in this instance the diagnosis was to rip it out and start again, which was something our client was more than happy to do. Engineered floors are a fantastic option for any home, however, with the amount of use this particular floor gets, the best option was to install a high grade laminate floor..

Separated engineered wood floorFirstly, lets look at what had happened with this engineered floor. As the title of this post suggests it had separated. It was installed using the floating method which means it was sat on top of an underlay. It was then glued using pva adhesive as the locking system was a basic tongue and groove (not a glue free click system). With pva, the idea is that the glue will fuse into the pours in the wood core, creating an extremely strong bond. Once the bond is broken, it is rare that re-gluing will result in a successful outcome as the pva cannot gel. It simply sits on top of the old adhesive. Lifting the floor and re-machining the locking system is an option, although often it is far more practical and cost effective to simply start again.

Close up of an engineered floor separating

So why did the planks separate in this clients home? A pen!! This may sound strange but read on. A pen had been dropped as the floor was being installed and was not noticed. The fitter simply carried on. As the pen was quarter of an inch thick (don’t ask why this wasn’t noticed!), it created an obviously uneven sub-floor. The engineered floor seesawed every time it was walked on, resulting in rupturing the adhesive bond, thus the separation. Fair enough, this sort of thing doesn’t happen all the time but it is a lesson in making sure there is no debris left under the floor during the installation. The sub-floor must be as flat as possible. Debris could be a nail, an off cut of wood flooring, an expansion wedge and so on. If you’re installing a floor as a diy’er or you’ve had a floor professionally installed and you find the floor rocking or moving excessively, you may now have an idea why and be able to approach the situation accordingly.

New balterio traditional oak laminate floorWe removed this engineered floor and after correctly preparing the sub-floor, installed a gorgeous and solid feeling balterio laminate floor. Now party time isn’t a problem, and the new floor will last easily ten years +. A great result!!

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I am a Pergo trained professional installer of 20 years. I've been up close and personal with lots of floors and have the knobbly knees to show for it...Should you have any questions or comments please feel free to add them below. Thanks for taking the time to call by and I hope the information you've found has given you some insight!........................................................................................................................................................................“When you click on links to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in the site earning a commission. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network,,,,,,, affiliate window network.” This statement is to comply with current internet regulations regarding transparency to consumers.