I was doing a job for a landlord recently involving water damage which ran down the wall and ruined the flooring, too. Obviously, I'm not a flooring installer, but told him I would give it a shot and do what I can. And it's usually these types of jobs that look like an easy fix, yet, because of my lack of experience, end up taking more effort and time than they're worth. But, this is how you learn...and was an excuse for me to buy a new tool which was a Ryobi cordless circular saw. (I don't recommend this tool because the battery would only last about 4-5 cuts through laminate flooring. There was no electricity, saw a chop saw was not optional)
The wall ended up taking longer, too, since it was cool in the space and the compound and primer took a while to dry. The room also had no water (or electric) so washing tools wasn't happening. The only bonus was that it was located next to a True Value and Stewarts in case I needed anything.
I took one of the warped peices to the Discount Flooring store in East Greenbush. It opened up about a year ago and this was my first time visiting. I had actually already purchased some new pieces from Home Depot, yet, I wanted the opinion of a flooring specialist.
The trickiest parts about this was first, figuring out the thickness of the flooring...7mm or 8mm? Second, matching the style. Third, lining up the right tongue and groove. I'm learning all this as I go, by the way, while making many trips to the home stores. A few hours work took more a few days!
While at the discount flooring store, I wasn't able to get a matching style - Jason, the sales rep, said I would most likely at their larger warehouse in Albany. He was definitely helpful and knowledgeable providing me more info than I needed as he explained to me all the types of flooring in the store...benefits, materials, best uses, etc. and offered that I leave my business card.
They pack a lot into this space!
A Future in Flooring for Blue Sheep?
Is flooring something I plan on doing more of in the future? While I have done a few small jobs of the peel and stick and VCT (vinyl composite tile), I don't think I'll be advertising flooring services any time soon. I ended up using 80% of the original flooring that wasn't damaged, and did my best with the new pieces. The other real challenge was, once I removed the damaged pieces that were buckled, it flattened out, causing the gap to shrink about 3/4 inch. Cutting each piece lengthwise with the circular saw was an unexpected challenge because the battery died so quickly.
Overall, the owner was satisfied.