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ndmick 11-19-2012 05:22 PM

Laundry room
Doing a laundry room remodel.Gutted room (was older bathroom)down to lowest subfloor 3/4 in angled boards.Now what do I put down plywood or advantec?The wife wants Laminate wood flooring in there.I have about 3/4 of an inch to work with.

joecaption 11-19-2012 05:28 PM

If your leaving the old 3/4 T X G then all you need is whatever it will take to get this floor to match up with the flooring in the other rooms.
All laminte flooring needs is a flat surface.
Laminite is not a great choise for a laundry room for several reasons.
Gets wet once and it's trash.
It's so slippey the washer is likly to move around when it goes into the spin cycle.
If you have a front loading washer it for sure is not going to work out.

ndmick 11-19-2012 05:40 PM

What would be a better choice for floor in that room?

joecaption 11-19-2012 06:14 PM

Sheet linolium, tile.

sfj 11-19-2012 06:46 PM

I would'nt be so quick to eliminate laminate for a flooring choice. If it gets real wet and stays wet for more than a day then yes you may have some damage to the floor. But if you wipe up any spills it will be fine. If it does get damaged it is very easy to replace damaged section.

rusty baker 11-19-2012 06:50 PM

Almost impossible to keep spills from getting the partical board center of the laminate wet. Any moisture at all and it will swell.

joecaption 11-19-2012 06:57 PM

And just how would you figure it's easy to repair a floor that T & G and just floats on top of the floor?
The floor would need to be removed, padding tossed, subflooring dryed out to prevent mold, and floor relaided.
Not exactly an easy fix.
My frontloader had it right in the directions to not install on a laminite floor.
Found out real quick why, went into spin cyle and the washer took off across the floor. I ran in and jump on top of the washer and held it away from the wall with one hand and ripped the cord out of the wall with the other.
A lot funnyer now telling about it then when I was doing it.:laughing:

Drain back up one time and the finsh was shot.
Not likly your going to be standing there ready to wipe up the water when it's draining.

msaeger 11-19-2012 08:00 PM


Originally Posted by ndmick
What would be a better choice for floor in that room?

How about the vinyl plank stuff? That looks about like laminate to me.

JazMan 11-19-2012 08:34 PM


You need to talk to the wife and convince her any laminate or wood product is not good for a laundry room as already mentioned.

You need either ceramic tile or sheet vinyl, that's it.:thumbsup:


joecaption 11-19-2012 10:31 PM

They sell sheet goods and tile that looks like wood it that the style you going for.
There's over 1000 post on here about the pro's and cons on Allour strip flooring. It's water resistant, not water proof. A whole lot faster and easer to lay a single sheet then all those pieces.

Awoodfloorguy 11-20-2012 01:12 PM

I would go with tile. Laminate will get ruined if a drain or sink backs up and gets the floor wet one time.

sfj 11-20-2012 07:37 PM

For about 5 bucks you can buy little rubber cups that go under the 4 legs of the washer that will keep it from sliding. I have them under the four legs of my couch in the living room which is laminate. If I did not have them then when some one sat on the couch it would go sliding. As far as water damage, Yes there is a chance of it happening. However if you have teh braided water supply hoses and keep everythign else in good repair the chances are slim. In 12 years i have had one leak in the garage where my washer is. I have had some spills on my laminate floor and if it is wiped up in a reasonable amount of time there is no damage. Worst case scenario - if there is water damage, for between 50-100 dollars you could put down new laminate yourself in a few hours in your average 5 by 8 laundry room. Yes it would be a hassle to dry out the subloor but i wouldnt call that a deal breaker. I am just saying if you like laminate then by all means put it in the laundry room. It is a very easy DIY job.

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