Click flooring can provide you with a number of benefits and is generally a very beautiful floor. The boards, however, cannot be repaired so if you damage one, you will need to replace it. Here are the basics of how to replace a piece of click flooring.
Step 1 - Locate Replacement
To replace the damaged board, you will need to locate a replacement board. You will have to be able to find the exact same style that you have on the floor or the process will not work. Many people think that they can just find a piece of click flooring that is similar to what they have on the floor and it will work. However, unless the click flooring is exactly the same, it will not have the same locking mechanism and it will not lock together. If you can find a piece leftover from the original installation, that would be the best. If not, you should go back to the place that you bought it from and try to get the same product.
Step 2 - Prepare the Room
To replace the piece of laminate, you are going to have to take up all of the laminate leading up to that piece from the wall, keeping in mind that you'll have to remove the panels starting with the last row that was put down when installing it. This means that when you remove the baseboard and expose the edge, you should see the underlap of the tongue unless the panel was trimmed, in which case, when you lift it and there's no give or bending at the joint, you'll know that you are at the wrong edge of the floor. Once you determine where to start you will need to remove the baseboards or quarter round from that side and about half from each adjacent wall of that room. You will also have to move all furniture and objects from that part of the room. Take your furniture and personal belongings out of this portion of the room.
Step 3 - Take Up the Click Flooring
Start taking up the click flooring along the nearest wall. You should be able to take the click flooring apart at the joints. Take one piece off at a time starting from the corner. Stack the pieces of click flooring together somewhere out of the way where they will not be damaged. You can take out the damaged piece of click flooring and throw it away.
Step 4 - Install the Click Flooring
Take the new piece of click flooring and install it where the damaged piece was. You can use a tapping block and a rubber mallet to tap the click flooring into place. The flooring should click together with the other piece on the floor. Get the other laminate that you originally removed and start installing it back on the floor. Continue using the tapping block and the rubber mallet to install the boards. By using the boards that you removed, you should be able to cover the floor without having to make any cuts.
Step 5 - Finishing Up
Once the laminate is installed again, you can put the baseboards back on the walls. Once you bring the furniture back into the room, your job will be completed.