Waterproof Laminate Flooring

 

Laminate flooring is a great option for any area within a facility. It provides unique versatility, trusted durability, and easy installation. However, just like the hardwood it mimics, laminates one drawback has always been its inability to stand up to moisture. That is, until now. Here, we will examine how to obtain waterproof laminate flooring as one of the many waterproof flooring options available today.

 

Is ALL Laminate Flooring Waterproof?

In short, NO, standard laminate flooring is not waterproof due to how it is comprised. Laminate is often made of recycled hardwood, and when introduced to water or moisture, the results can be disastrous — whether rainwater has managed to get onto your hardwood floors or there’s a spill or leak within your facility, when wood floors are exposed to water or moisture, they are at risk of being warped and permanently damaged.

If laminate flooring is something that you want to incorporate within your facility, but fear moisture and its complications, consider these two options:

  • Buying laminate flooring that is constructed using high-density fiberboard (HDF). This material, made of highly compressed wood fibers that are much harder, denser and stronger compared to particleboard and medium density fiberboard. High-density fiberboard can be completely submerged in water without swelling or warping.
  • Installing a floating laminate floor, as well as properly sealing the spaces between its components to create a seamless flooring option.  When done properly, water will merely rest atop the surface, without being able to reach the wood particles beneath.

Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Benefits of Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Along with being completely impervious or resistant to water and moisture, the benefits of choosing waterproof laminate flooring are as follows:

  • Visual appearance of real hardwood
  • Easy installation and removal
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Durability – scratch resistant
  • Versatility – can be installed on nearly any type of subfloor

Waterproof Laminate Flooring Guidance

When it comes to moisture, our team provides thorough testing of your subfloor to deliver any necessary moisture mitigation and surface preparation. Our consultative flooring professionals suggest the best solutions given the conditions of your facility and the wear and tear your floor will see.  As part of our process, we provide life cycle costing that shows you not only the upfront installation costs but also the long-term maintenance costs of the different waterproof laminate solutions. You can be assured that you’ll get the greatest value for your floor, as well as a long-lasting finish that you can rely on for years to come.

To get an idea of the types of products available on the market today, check out our beginner’s guide to flooring products. You’ll learn how to choose the right flooring product for your next project based on cost, application, aesthetics and, of course, durability. Download the guide today.

The beginner’s guide to flooring products

At Spectra Contract Flooring, we’ve completed more than 350,000 flooring installations nationwide using every material on the market. We’ve created this introductory guide as a resource for those new to commercial flooring, giving you a rundown of flooring materials. It will cover several factors crucial to the success of your project.