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Laminates have come a long way in the flooring industry. Homeowners were searching for practical, durable and beautiful flooring options that could improve the design of their homes, offices and restaurants and in laminate flooring they’ve found the solution. The rave on hardwood floors heightening the appeal and warmth of a home brought homeowners onto the doorstep on laminate flooring.
However, in those early years, moisture was thought of as a ‘sort of’ Achilles heel to laminate flooring industry. This meant that laminates could not be used in high-moisture areas like the laundry room, kitchen or bathroom. Moisture was a problem back then and not because of the laminate itself but because of the spaces between the laminate sheets that allowed water or other fluids to seep into the floor beneath causing warping of the laminates. The laminates core layer was made up of fiberboard which was not built to withstand moisture and would deform when it got wet.
With improved technology, manufactures have been able to create moist resistant laminate flooring.
Composition of Waterproof Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring consists of a few layers. While the top layer gives the flooring its appealing look and texture, it’s the other three layers beneath the top decorative one that give the flooring its durability and moisture resistant qualities.
The top most finish is made up of melamine ware finish which protects the floor from moisture and spills. This resin filled finish forms a clear membrane that covers the top of the laminate. The middle or core layer adds to the thickness of the flooring material proving extra support to withstand high traffic and cushion any sound. This high density fiberboard is also laced with melamine plastic resins that are included into the core and also provide resistance against moisture and water.
Since spills are capable of seeping into the spaces of laminate flooring, especially in laminates that are tongue and groove to adjacent sub-floor, it’s better to invest in floating laminate flooring. It is also important to note that Floating laminates do not stick to the floor and instead the floor board pieces are joined together to make a smooth flooring. The floor board pieces can either be sealed or joined together using an adhesive. The method of installing floating laminates does not allow moisture or water to seep into the sub flooring.
Selecting Waterproof Laminate Flooring
Realtors looking to sell homes are now quick to display hardwood laminate flooring in kitchens and bathrooms, a concept that was once unheard of or thought never feasible. There is no doubt that hardwood floors are beautiful but they are highly porous, get stained easily leading to irreversible damage and in turn high costs incurred. Conversely waterproof laminates are just as elegant and have a waterproof core and wax embedded edges to make the flooring water resistant. There is an array of lovely waterproof laminate finishes including mahogany, walnut, maple, cherry and alder. These come in different colors as well. Maintaining waterproof laminate flooring is fairly easy. Sweeping the floors clean on a regular basis is all the maintenance that is needed.
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