Waterproof and water-resistant laminate flooring is a floor industry innovation. How does it open up the options for you, the consumer? Take a look.
Laminate flooring has come a long way in the past few years. Consumers are looking for less expensive, more practical options to improving the design of their houses, starting with flooring. The popularity of hardwood floors adding value to homes has contributed to home owners looking for options for flooring that provides the elegant look of hardwood, but with a much friendlier price.
In the past, waterproof flooring options haven’t included laminate. But, that’s changing.
Water resistant laminate flooring
In past years, laminate flooring was not recommended for areas such as kitchen or bathrooms where water could get on the floor. The laminate of the past was problematic, not because of the actual laminate sheet itself, but because of the spaces between the sheets that allowed water to seep onto the flooring beneath. The core of the laminate was made of particle board or fiberboard that will crumble when it get wet.
With new technology, water resistant laminate flooring has transcended those problems to become exponentially more available.
Composition of Laminate Flooring
A laminate floor is made up of many layers. It is the top layer that gives the flooring the attractive appearance and texture. There are generally three layers under the top laminate layer that will provide support to the product, and keep water out.
The top layer consists of a Melamine wear layer that provides the resistance to water, moisture, and damage. It is a clear membrane that is resin-filled and covers the top of the floor material. The core layers support and absorb impact. This high-density core fiberboard will have a layer of melamine plastics resins that are built into the structure and will also provide protection against water and moisture.
Advantages of floating floors and laminate
Since water has the potential to seep through the spaces in laminate flooring, especially in flooring that is tongue-and-grove, it is best to purchase floating laminate flooring. Floating laminate flooring does not attach to the floor.
The pieces are hooked together to create a smooth flooring. Pieces of laminate can be either hooked together, or put together using an adhesive. This method of installing laminate flooring does not allow water or moisture to seep through to the supporting flooring.
Selecting water resistant laminate flooring
So many designer display homes are now showing hardwood flooring in bathrooms and kitchens, a concept once unheard of due to moisture and the potential for water damage to the floors. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but are porous and easily stained and damaged.
The waterproof laminate flooring that is produced today has all the beauty of a hardwood floor, without the potential for costly damage. The laminate flooring has a finish that looks very similar to hardwood floors, but is far more durable and easy to maintain.
Designed to resist wear
Laminate flooring is designed to resist stains and be highly resistance to scratching. The floors have the waterproof core, and also incorporate wax impregnated edges to make them resistance to water damage. This durability is a benefit over hardwood floors, and enables homeowners to get the stylish and elegant look at a much reduced price.
There are many beautiful finishes in wood laminate flooring, including alder, walnut, maple, oak, cherry, and mahogany. Even different colors of waterproof laminate flooring are now available, such as red, blue, gray, white, eggshell, and silver. This provides many options for homeowners who want to express their lifestyles in the décor of the home.
Regular and easy mainteanence
Keeping the waterproof laminate floors beautiful is quite simple. Ensuring that the floors are swept and clean is about all the maintenance needed. There is no need to sand and polish as with hardwood floors. Any gentle cleaning liquid can be used with a mop to clean the floor. Of course, taking care of the waterproof laminate floors will help to maintain their beauty for a long time.
[This post was updated December 2015]