Chester, as you’ll know if you live there, is not a dry city with many rainy days each year. Plenty of local homes and business have installed laminate flooring, but how does it stand up to moisture?
Traditionally, laminates are not recommended for high-moisture areas like bathrooms, but new water resistant laminate flooring has changed that.
The difference between water resistance and waterproof
Some laminate flooring is claimed by the manufacturer to be “water resistant”, but this is not the same as waterproof. Water resistant materials will withstand liquids, but waterproof floors mean that water will not penetrate the floor.
Water resistant laminate floors are suitable for bathrooms, laundry rooms and other wet areas. If your home is on a Chester or Cheshire flood plain, however, water resistant laminates may not survive prolonged immersion in water.
Water resistant laminate in bathrooms are fine, but if the bath or sink overflows, water should be mopped up as soon as possible.
Some laminates may swell with excess moisture, but water resistant laminates are designed to keep their shape even when there is a large amount of steam in the bathroom.
You need laminate flooring that will last a long time. Water resistant laminates are designed to withstand impacts and heavy footfall.
Where to install waterproof laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is suitable for residential and commercial use in all areas that are likely to get wet. This can include entrances and hallways where people enter with muddy shoes and dripping clothes during Chester rainy weather. A business does not need to be concerned about hundreds of wet visitors entering their premises on laminate floors.
Water resistant laminate is suitable for kitchens as they withstand spilt liquids. Laminate flooring is quick to install with a click and lock system.
Water resistant laminate flooring comes in a number of attractive designs including realistic looking wood and stone effect patterns. Laminate is available in large or small format tiles that create different looks to the floor.
Like all laminate flooring, water resistant laminate is easy to clean and maintain. Cleaning with a mop and laminate flooring cleaning solution is recommended. Laminate flooring is coated with a stain resistant layer. A vacuum suitable for hard floor can be used to remove loose dirt and debris.
It’s a good idea to purchase a few spare planks or tiles from your supplier in case an area of the floor gets damaged. If it does, remove the damaged planks and replace them with new ones.
Water resistant laminate flooring tends to be more expensive than other laminates but should last a long time.
Visit a local laminate flooring supplier and fitter to see their range of water resistant and other laminate floor coverings. They should have samples for you to place in the room to get a good idea of how the new floor will look.
They will discuss with you if water resistant laminate flooring is the best solution for you. What’s more, they will show you water resistant and waterproof floor covering alternatives.