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Old 04-17-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Can you really waterproof laminate flooring?


I don't remember where I read it, but someone said he used motor oil along the edges of laminate planks before clicking together, and that makes it water resistant.

I wonder why mfgr's still haven't figured out how to waterproof this stuff.

pet pee, water spills... you pretty much can't even use it.

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Logic tells you it's impossible to waterproof the stuff. The back is made from compressed wood fibers or wood chips. It's a bunch of planks butted together, how can it be waterproof?

I don't think anyone really expects it to be waterproof. if so, I've got a bridge.

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No, you cannot water proof it, period.
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Other then peel and stick tile flooring there is no other flooring that will lower the resale value of a home faster then laminite flooring.
There's no way to "waterproof" lamininte flooring,
No way would I suggested using it below grade, in a kitchen or bathroom.
Using motor oil
That has to be a joke. Or a suggestion from someone that has no clue.
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Waterproof and water resistant are 2 different things.

Generally, I don't think laminate flooring really has to be waterproof. Just because something spills on it doesn't mean it will swell up. Thousands of laminate floors are doing just fine. My kitchen has laminate, has endured many spills, and looks the same as it did 5 years ago.

It's not as water resistant as tile, or even hardwood floors with the very tight spacing. However like everything else, laminate floors are coming along. Here's a product I'm looking forward to trying, but haven't yet. It is wax coated (sides, not the surface) and looks much more water resistant than standard.

http://www.builddirect.com/Laminate-..._10078496.aspx

Here's some water resistance data

http://www.builddirect.com/Laminate-..._10078496.aspx

This comes in 18mm thickness! This is roughly the same as standard hardwood flooring. Watch the video at the bottom. In one hand he has a 12mm board, and in the other a 15mm. So you can imagine the thickness of 18mm. (He says 15mm is the thickest they make, so obviously the video is outdated.)
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it's either this, or floating vinyl plank, and they both suck in some way.

I'm not putting this in the kitchen, where I already have ceramic tile.

Tenants are always careless, and leave spills or animal piss lying around.


laminate thickness doesn't really matter if the wear layer is crap.
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What makes you think the wear layer sucks? And why would you tear out tile to put down laminate?

Thickness is for feel and sound deadening. The earlier laminates sometimes sounded like you were walking on plastic.

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