Laminate Wood Look Flooring
Laminate wood look flooring is a better choice if you are firm on having a wood look. Hardwood
floors, though practical in many rooms, are not recommended for bathrooms because of the
If you just have your heart set on the look of wood, laminate wood look flooring
is a better
choice. Just be advised though, that special installation requirements need to be
met. Consult your supplier, and make it clear that your laminate flooring is intended for the bathroom. Not all
laminates are created equal, and some will perform in a bathroom better than others. The problem with a
laminate floor is not the surface, which may hold up very well, but underneath where water
may find its way in.
So what is a laminate floor, and why are they referred to as floating floors?
Well, to explain that, first understand that hardwood floors are just that. They are made out of
hardwood. Cherry, oak etc.
Laminates simply mimic wood floors. and usually have a core of medium density
fiberboard or a high density wood particle core. The surface part that is visible is actually created from a
photograph of a wood floor. This top visible layer is made of a very tough and durable material.
Laminate floors are referred to as floating floors because the boards are glued together, but
they are not glued to the floor underneath. Some do not require glue, but lock together in a tongue and groove
fashion. They are simple to install. They do take some effort in the laying process, but the task is not
Simple tools are required that most homeowners already posses. You can buy a kit with a block, bar and cushioned
hammer to help with the installation, at a modes price.
For most areas of a busy household, wood laminate flooring can be a very good
- Laminate floors can be installed over most any surface
- Laminates are less likely to dent and scratch than other floor
- Laminates withstand children, pets and high traffic very
- Laminate floors are easy to clean
- Laminates are a good choice for those who have allergies
- Laminate flooring does not fade
- Laminates may better blend when it meets other flooring in your household since it
is very thin
- Major brands guarantee their products for a substantial number of years
Some people notice a slight noise when walking on laminate floors, because of
their floating aspect, and possibly because of the underlayment film. I have a laminate floor that is a glue-less
tongue and groove application that came with the underlayment layer attached. It has been down for more than a
year, and we experience no noise, and it maintains well. I compared the installed flooring with a piece that was
extra and never installed, and there is no visible difference more than a year later. Increasing the mm rating
should help with sound absorption. I would not go below 8mm myself.
AC rating is important for a busy household. AC(abrasion class) rating recommends AC-3 for high
traffic areas. In my experience a household that includes children and pets is qualified!
In terms of cost, laminate flooring if professionally installed, could cost as
much as hardwood, but many do-it-yourselfers have successfully installed laminate flooring themselves, thus getting
a great floor at a modest price.
Select a brand with good reputation, such as Pergo, and spend a little more rather than choosing
just on price.
If a wood look bathroom floor is your heart's desire, you may be able to install
laminate flooring yourself if you are fairly handy. Many suppliers have videos that you can take home
to view to see just what the installation process involves. Carefully follow directions to the letter so you don't
void the guarantee.