Laminate flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring. A lot of homeowners often choose laminates because it’s easy to install and maintain. However, when it comes to installing bathroom floors, there are certain factors to consider and possible problems to be mindful of. In this blog post, we’ll explore if laminate flooring is a good choice for most bathrooms.
Things to Consider Before Buying
Before you buy flooring for your bathroom, you must investigate the condition of your bathroom. The water-bearing appliances, like the sink, tub, shower, toilet and pipes, are the main areas of concern in a bathroom. Leakages are common and often, they remain unnoticed until they create havoc to the surrounding area. The humidity in the bathroom is also a concern you need to keep in mind when purchasing a flooring option for your bathroom.
Advantages of Laminate Flooring in Bathrooms
Laminates can add style and warmth to your bathroom. They come with the appearance of wood in various styles, colours, stains, textures and patterns. This means that they can jazz up your bathroom instantly. However, this depends on the quality of the laminates you buy. Opt for a waterproof, high-quality laminate that comes with a warranty period. Here are some advantages of laminate flooring:
- Laminate flooring is resistant to scratches, dents and stains. It comes with a ‘wear layer’ that acts as a protective layer to the photographic layer beneath. The protective layer stays functional up to 10 years depending on the manufacturer.
- It’s very easy to clean. You just need to dust and vacuum regularly. You can also clean the floor with a slightly damp cloth or a microfiber mop. Occasional use of DIY vinegar and water solution or an over-the-counter laminate floor cleaner will keep your bathroom floor looking good for years. You don’t need to do floor waxing or buffing every few years.
- Laminates are very easy to install. You can do it yourself or contact professional floor installers. Laminates can be cut with the help of a handsaw or a utility knife. The latest laminate flooring comes with ‘click lock’ installation method while older laminates come with ‘glue down’ method. Both methods are easy and quick.
- It’s naturally moisture-proof and is better resistant to water than hardwood.
- Laminate flooring is available in planks and tiles form. Choose according to your taste and the style that you want to achieve for your bathroom the type you want. Every board has a consistent appearance and quality.
Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring in Bathrooms
- Laminate floors have a typical slippery surface and they tend to get even more slippery when wet.
- It can’t be refinished. In the case of damage, you need to replace the entire flooring.
- Although laminate is moisture-proof, it can’t withstand excessive humidity and water. Moisture and water can quickly seep down and get into the unprotected layer of laminate core causing mold, warping and permanent structural damage.
How to Solve Laminate Flooring Issues
You should either place rugs or floor mats next to the shower or invest in textured wear layers to minimize the chances of falling. For controlling moisture levels, make sure to use exhaust fans or dehumidifiers. Also, keep a watchful eye for water leakages and wipe off standing pools of water as soon as possible.
You can also plan your bathroom floor differently. Install similar-looking tiles around the water and moisture-prone areas like the toilet, shower, sink, pipes etc. and install laminates in the other areas where spills and leaks are less likely to happen.
The bathroom, being a place where there are a lot of splashes, spills and humidity, isn’t an ideal place for laminate flooring. However, it’s suitable for private bathrooms used by one or two people, and half baths that don’t have a shower.
Before you install laminates, take a moment to think and decide if you’re ready to face the challenges of damage and replacement!