Did you know that most people don’t know the difference between laminate, wood or engineered flooring? Sadly, without doing any kind of research on laminate floors, they think it’s the right thing to put on a bathroom floor. But is it really the right flooring for a bathroom? We know that most people think that carpet in the bathroom is a definite non-starter, but what about other possibilities such as tiles or a natural wood floor? Sometimes, laminate becomes the default option because it is easy and convenient. However, having it in your bathroom might be a mistake. Here are some things you should really know about laminate before making the decision to purchase it and put it on your bathroom floors.
This is probably the most important reason why laminate floors in a bathroom is not a good idea, unless it’s a guest bathroom that doesn’t have a shower or tub in it. Most often when you take a shower or get out of the bathtub two things are happening. A high amount of moisture is developing throughout the bathroom and more than likely water will drip onto the floor. If the water isn’t picked up and stands on the laminate, it can spread to where the seams are and once the water gets into the seams, it eventually leads to the planks warping and buckling. This can also happen if there isn’t enough ventilation in the bathroom after showering.
While bathrooms don’t get the same type of usage that other areas of the house normally do, laminate floors can scratch. That would probably depend on the type of laminate you are considering and the object that falls, perhaps a blow dryer, men’s shaver, or sharp object of some kind. Scratches are nearly impossible to repair. As most laminate floors are locking and require no glue, people are under the impression that if it scratches it’s simple to replace. Think about how you would actually be able to take one plank out and replace it without removing most of the floor?
The biggest problem people are having is not knowing how to maintain laminate floors. As laminate floors hate moisture, people are cleaning their laminate as if it were ceramic tile, using a mop with water and whatever cleaning products they normally use. In fact most manufacturers do not recommend this or any types of buffers or abrasive cleaners. Use only products that are recommended by the manufacturer and made specifically for laminate floors.
If you have gone for laminite flooring throughout your home, then these maintenance tips are definitely worth keeping in mind. However, ensure that you do not go for the blanket laminate look throughout the rest of your property before considering these factors.
If your reason for choosing laminate flooring is because you like the look of wood, there are other options such as tile or vinyl planks. Today there are beautiful tiles that look like wood and luxury vinyl planks that recreate the look and feel of real wood.
About the Author
Robert has been a flooring contractor for over 15 years and is trying to merge into becoming a general contractor. He entered the construction industry by installing shower faucets. Due to the industry he operates in, he often gets weekends off where he spends time with his wife and three daughters. They enjoy playing sports outdoors and watching new movies.