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Old 04-24-2013, 12:47 AM   #16
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Would it be possible to put down a laminate floor, then coat it with some sort of polyurethane or water resistant coating?
Somehow I doubt it will work, you would have to check the specific flooring manufacturer's instructions, this stuff is meant to be put down and the floor is done, I don't think applying something over it will even adhere at all.

Best bet is to check the instructions on the actual specific floor you intend to use, or contact the manufacturer, the installation instructions may very well state not to apply a sealer, wax, urethane etc over it.

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Some flooring manufacturers I have specified recommend you put a coat of the finish they used to pre-finish flooring on the installed floors to help seal seams and things in either engineered panels or nailed planks/strips. Others will void the warranty if you put any finish over that the put on at the factory.

The problem with laminates is that the surface is essentially a plastic so as mentioned it is doubtful anything would stick to it. And the substrate material is often particle board or mdf type material that swells instantly when water gets to it. Once wet, it does not return to its former density.

I understand the attractiveness of laminate flooring from a price standpoint but I don't like it. I would put down a high-end wood grain, seamless woodlook vinyl flooring material before I would laminate. The hospital where I go for wound care has beautiful vinyl wood look floors in contrasting wood colors.

With lots of traffic cork or tile would be a better bet I guess.
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My dogs are indoors all the time, not outdoors and in once in a while for 15 minutes, besides, they are well over 125# each and play hard, they also drink (spill, and drool) plenty of water on the floor, and they've knocked over the water bucket a time or two over the years.
I don't want to refinish or replace wood floors every 5 years due to scratches and wear, thus, porcellain tile RULZ in my house!
OMG carpet sharks...you owe me a new keyboard Mr wolf - I just spilt soda laughing so hard. My Blue Heelers call then "snacks"

To the OP - don't put the engineered in the bathroom. It doesn't take very much water to mess it up. Even if you coat it, remember that you have to have expansion room at the edges of the room so if a bunch of water is spilled its still getting under the wood no matter how quick you mop it up. Now imagine kids in the tub etc and its not going to last long.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:43 AM   #19
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Would it be possible to put down a laminate floor, then coat it with some sort of polyurethane or water resistant coating?
It is not the surface that you have to worry about it is the structure. Coating it with something will not prevent this. If you insist on lam floor caulk the outside before installing baseboards. I would not recomend lam in bathroom tho. If you must have wood look in your bathroom some tiles have a wood look to them. Or not as good as tile but better then lam is Egineered flooring that is comprised of a cross grain structure.
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Real quality bamboo---not box store or LL crap---also makes a great kitchen floor. Bamboo is harder than most domestic hardwoods and can be dyed many colors. Strand composite bamboo engineered flooring is stronger still.
A friend of mine had bamboo flooring installed. I don't know what brand, but he found after a few years it "bleached" in the sunlight, where the sections that were exposed to more sunlight are now noticeably lighter than the rest. Ever seen that with bamboo?
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A friend of mine had bamboo flooring installed. I don't know what brand, but he found after a few years it "bleached" in the sunlight, where the sections that were exposed to more sunlight are now noticeably lighter than the rest. Ever seen that with bamboo?
He needs to put higher quality windows in. All wood flooring will change with direct sunlight. Even some with artificial light. All finishes used change color in time no matter what the surroundings are. Some of course are better then others. Most materials with time change as a matter of fact. This topic can go real deap and can get very technical. Key is to try to make the floor change evenly. ie...dont leave carpets in one place for the life of the floor. That being said...my personal opinion is that bamboo is a great floor for many reasons. It is all and engineered flooring which greatly helps with stability. And a renewable resource for the greenies out there.
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Spaceman Spif: Your friend with the fading issue may want to put a 3M type film on the windows. I put 3M film on my windows that have direct light coming into my family room and I have no fading issues -- I have a dark oriental rug over my hardwood with the hardwoods exposed about 2 feet around the rug and I have had no issues with Honey Stained Oak floors.
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Spaceman Spif: Your friend with the fading issue may want to put a 3M type film on the windows. I put 3M film on my windows that have direct light coming into my family room and I have no fading issues -- I have a dark oriental rug over my hardwood with the hardwoods exposed about 2 feet around the rug and I have had no issues with Honey Stained Oak floors.
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I used oak in my last house (it's been installed for over 6 years) and used 4" white ash in my current house. It's easy to walk on and clean, but most of all it blends with the rest of the house (2400 square feet of it). Bought it from Lumberliquidators for about $4.50 a square foot for Bellawood.

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We have hardwood in the main bath and the kitchen. Has been 4 years with no problems. The shower is never used in the bath. Trouble in the kitchen is dropping things can make small dents.
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Do not know this to be gospel but I have been told by some people in the insurance industry that they are considering not honoring claims due to water damaged wood floors in kitchens and baths. I guess what they would do is write in a clause for new policies.
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Do not know this to be gospel but I have been told by some people in the insurance industry that they are considering not honoring claims due to water damaged wood floors in kitchens and baths. I guess what they would do is write in a clause for new policies.
That is nuts. Here in the northwest I would say 80% of kitchens have wood floors in them. I think ins companies would have a real problem on there hands if they tried do that.

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