Is laminate flooring waterproof?
As you’d imagine, everyone wants waterproof flooring. A waterproof floor simply gives a Coppell, TX homeowner one less thing to worry about regarding his/her new floor. Unfortunately, not too many flooring options have the waterproof quality. Is laminate flooring waterproof?
Water-resistant, but not waterproof
There is a considerable difference between a floor type being water-resistant and waterproof. Water-resistant means a material can stave off threats by water, or other liquids in the case of flooring. Moreover, a liquid can still harm the material, but it will not be easy to do so. Waterproof, on the other hand, means a material is 100% impervious to water damage.
Laminate flooring is water-resistant, not waterproof. Laminate’s melamine wear layer contributes greatly to its resistance to scratches and resistance to water. Its layered composition helps resist common home threats, but it does not eliminate them all together. While the melamine layer stands up against threats, it is laminate’s fiberboard core that weakens when threatened.
The best way to summarize laminate flooring vs. water is:
Brief water exposure will not harm laminate. Thus, spills need to be cleaned up right away. Standing water, however, will harm laminate. Reason being, the longer laminate planks are exposed to water, the longer the water will have to seep in between the seams and into the core of the plank(s). The melamine layer (top layer) can fight off brief exposure; however, the fiberboard layer (middle layer) can be ruined by extended exposure.
Is laminate flooring waterproof? No, but that does not mean it’s a low-quality floor. Many homeowners opt in for laminate flooring because it is less expensive than most other floor types and it carries a very similar look to hardwood. As long as you treat it with care, the waterproof issue should never rear its ugly head.
If you must have a waterproof floor…
Consider vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl plank is similar to laminate in the sense that it is composed of multiple layers and one of those layers is a design layer meant to impersonate a particular hardwood material. The difference between vinyl plank and laminate, however, is vinyl plank typically has eight layers to laminate’s five. Included in a vinyl plank is a protective coating and a wear layer. The floor type has more layers to protect the core; plus, the vinyl plank core is a fiberglass sheet rather than a fiberboard.
Pricing between vinyl plank flooring and laminate flooring is similar. Vinyl plank typically consists of wider planks and it’s generally a little easier to differentiate vinyl plank form hardwood as opposed to laminate from hardwood. They are both affordable options, it’s just up to the Coppell, TX homeowner as to which room needs flooring, how much of a threat water will pose in the given room, and which floor design is preferred.
Whichever floor type you decide on, give Cowboy Remodeling a call at (469) 518-7573 for installation assistance. We’ll put your mind at ease in regard to the “laminate flooring waterproof” thought by installing a reliable floor, whether it be laminate or another type. Please visit our website—www.cowboyremodeling.com—and our blog for more input on home flooring and remodeling.