This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well part of a sub-series about bathroom flooring options. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
I often talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a certain solution. However in the case of laminate flooring for bathrooms, the disadvantages so far outweigh the advantages, I’m being one sided on purpose.
Laminate flooring is where a very thin veneer of wood is layered on top of a substrate of fiberboard or particleboard. Laminate and engineered wood are similar in concept but very different in the way they’re made and very different in the quality.
The issue with wood laminate (as compared to engineered wood or hardwood) is in the quality of the construction, or should I say the relative poor quality of the construction as compared to engineered wood.
The image in this post well illustrates the issue. Running underneath that little puddle of water is a seam between two pieces of laminate. Since the pieces fit together with a very slight gap, water will get in between the pieces. That is the issue with laminate flooring in bathrooms.
A little water is not a bad thing. A little water over and over and over and over again becomes a bad thing over time.
I personally really like the look of wood floors, even in bathrooms, but if you too want this, stick with engineered wood, especially bamboo (which comes in no other form) as engineered wood is of much higher quality than laminate, and bamboo has natural water resistant properties.
The most moisture resistant type of wood flooring is bamboo. Your bathroom is the wettest room in your house. Need I say more?
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