Laminate bathroom flooring is a strong and inexpensive option to various popular natural material choices. It is due to the fact that it requires low maintenance and easy to both install and maintain. However, in the bathroom laminate planks and tiles run into a number of issues, most having to deal with moisture and standing water. Because of this it is generally not a good bathroom flooring choice except in very specific locations.
Benefits of Laminate Bathroom Flooring
As long as you choose a quality, waterproof laminate that is warrantied for use in the bathroom. There are a number of benefits that this material can bring to the table.
- Most laminate flooring is installed with a very simple click together method that can be undertaken by even amateurs. However, other laminates will require a sealing process that is slightly more complex.
- The wear layer on a laminate floor protects the material from scratches. This makes maintenance a simple matter. However, you should never allow water to inundate a laminate floor.
Bathroom Problem Areas
The places where your laminate floor has the most potential to demolish is anywhere that it interacts with a water-bearing appliance.
This includes the toilet, the sink, the bath, and additionally any pipes that might gone through the place. These features can all get leaks which may or may not be easily visible. Indeed, even small amounts of water leaking over time can have a devastating effect on a laminate installation.
One thing that you can do to counterbalance these risks is to use hard tile accents around any water bearing fixtures in the space. Then fill in the middle of the rooms where spills and leaks are less likely with waterproof laminate materials.
Laminate Bathroom Water Concerns
Humidity: Laminates are combination of conglomerate materials which are bonded together and then covered with a defensive wear layer. Because they do not contain much, if any real wood, they are slightly more resistant to water and humidity problems than their natural counterparts.
The wear layer will likewise give some security to the material against splashes and spills.
However, if moisture is able to penetrate down past the wear layer and get to the unprotected laminate core, it will cause the material to warp, plump, twist, and mold. This is a particular problem in bathrooms, which are often very humid, and have air that is literally filled with water. This can seep down between seams in tiles and planks and quickly ruin a flooring installation.
While dampness is an insidious problem for laminate bathroom flooring standing water is an overt one. Bathrooms are places where water splashes and spills, its the nature of the room. But with laminates, every spill turns into a puddle of danger, which can quickly seep down between seams and turn into a moldy, messy problem that you will have to deal with.
Laminate flooring is generally an extremely tricky material, that can be very risky when it gets wet. This is being offset to some extent by improvements in the manufacturing process, which are allowing laminate producers to create floors that have textured wear layers. This can dramatically cut down on the danger presented by these materials.