Laminate flooring - Is it waterproof??

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Is laminate flooring waterproof?  The answer is NO, laminate flooring is NOT waterproof.

 

There is a common misperception out there that laminate is waterproof, and I believe this is due to the fact that many customers mistakenly confuse vinyl and laminate flooring.  

 

Many types of vinyl flooring are waterproof and/or highly water resistant. Laminate, on the other hand, is made out of recycled hardwood, so it is not waterproof. Due to its melamine wear layer, it has a tough finish which resists against scratches and may have minor protection against minor water (quick spills). But, like hardwood, laminate does not do well with standing water...regardless of whether this water is topical (on top) or seeping into the sub-floor from below. Laminate also does not do well in areas with high humidity.   Westchester County Floating floor laminate

 

There are some laminates that claim to be "splash proof" (which is not an industry term) and they do still warn you not to leave any standing water on your laminate floor). If laminate floors become really wet, they will get ruined and buckle. Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate floors can not be sanded or refinished. If they get wet, they can not be repaired. (Whereas if hardwood gets wet in a few spots, you can usually replace those planks and refinish the floors and they will look good as new.)  

 

If you feel that hardwood is not a good option for an area due to water or humidity, it is also a good idea to avoid laminate. 

 

If you live in Westchester County and are interested in laminate flooring or waterproof options, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.

Laminate flooring:  Is it waterproof?

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Debbie, thanks for clearing this up. I'm sure, by the number of homes I see laminate flooring in wet areas, that many people are under the impression that it is waterproof. Thanks for the good info. 

June 11, 2012 11:40 AM
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Jerry Morse
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It amazes me how many kitchens you see with laminate flooring.  Probably not the best idea. 

June 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi Debbie, great information. Especially as the last home I purchased had one room with laminate flooring. Can you tell me the best way to damp mop? Just plain water?..... vinegar and water?....soap and water?....

June 11, 2012 12:48 PM
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Lou Ludwig
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Debbie

Very informative post on laminate flooring.

Congratulations on the Gold Star.

Lou Ludwig

June 11, 2012 04:45 PM
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Michael - Yes it does look that way to some...but, if you look at the side, it is clear that it's not.

Rob - Yes, I've seen it too and it's not pretty.

Lisa - Thank you so much.  I'm so glad to hear that.

Iris - Yes, unfortunately a lot of people don't explain this.

Ebrahim - LOL, that is so funny.

Adrian - Yes, I think a lot of people think this, and they find out the hard way.

Jerry - Well many kitchens can tolerate.  I do prefer hardwood for the kitchen though.  In the long run, the hardwood will last much longer.

Sandy - the same cleaning care as hardwood.  Less water/liquid is better.  Bona is a good product.  I believe the vinegar and water can work or just a bit of water too. Any hardwood cleaner will work though.

Lou - THank you so much on both counts.

 

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Author Bio: My name is Debbie Gartner, and I'm known as "The Flooring Girl." I own my own flooring store that serves Westchester NY and Fairfield CT counties. We install hardwood flooring, carpet, tile flooring, laminate, bamboo and cork flooring. We also refinish hardwood floors. We are a shop at home flooring store. You can call us at 914-937-2950 to schedule a free flooring consultation


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