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albany 02-21-2012 08:27 AM

Waterproofing Laminate Flooring
 
Renovating my condo and would like to extend the laminate flooring from the hallway into the laundry closet but worried about moisture ruining the flooring. Is there a surface coating that can be applied to the laminate that will protect it from water spills, etc? If not I'm going to lay tiles down.

JetSwet 02-21-2012 09:07 AM

Look into the Allure by traffic-master vinyl planks that look like lamenant but waterproof.

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MarkusAIC 02-21-2012 10:33 AM

No waterproofing material will work since it can't saturate 100% of the product. The trafficmaster allure is definitely a good option to look at. @$3 a square foot it's in a decent price range and looks good to start. How it will hold up though, who knows so far.

aaron_david 02-22-2012 04:24 PM

What type of laminate flooring are you looking to lay down? Most are manufactured with built-in moisture resistant technologies such as cores that resist water or aluminum-oxide style finishes.

DrHicks 02-24-2012 06:49 AM

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Originally Posted by albany (Post 859080)
Renovating my condo and would like to extend the laminate flooring from the hallway into the laundry closet but worried about moisture ruining the flooring. Is there a surface coating that can be applied to the laminate that will protect it from water spills, etc? If not I'm going to lay tiles down.

Laminate flooring - regardless of the quality and expense - will have moisture problems in two ways. First, the seams. You can "kind of" seal them, but with the way the floor flexes, any seam sealing will crack and allow a certain amount of moisture in. Second, is scratches that go through the surface.

Personally, I'd lay ceramic tile in a laundry room. It's only a matter of time before the vibration of the washer & dryer wears through the surface of laminate, and moisture gets in.

JetSwet 02-24-2012 07:25 AM

Laminate is used alot in laundry rooms and kitchen I wouldn't worry about moisture issues with laundry rooms but that's just my thoughts.

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