When you first begin to notice an accumulation of water on your laminate floors, you may think it is nothing to be concerned about.
However, if you continue to see evidence that your laminate floors are suffering from moisture damage, waterproofing your laminate flooring is a necessary step to take in order to preserve your flooring.
Here are some waterproofing options that might fit in with your busy lifestyle.
As a first step, you can purchase a floor sealant made specifically for laminate. Contact the flooring company that sold and installed your floors and ask them for a recommended brand.
Seal all of the locking mechanisms that connect the sections of laminate where they meet. Follow the instructions and apply the sealant, remembering that it dries quickly – be prepared to clean up any excess immediately. Once completed, this may prevent any further water accumulation.
This is another option you might consider trying to prevent water damage to your floors. Water that spills on floors tends to run and congregate near walls or fixtures.
Silicone caulk will keep the water from running into any cracks which might lead, over time, to damage to your laminate floors. The silicone caulk allows the laminate to continue to expand, preventing warping or unsightly chips in the laminate.
This may be your best option, although it involves treating all of the surfaces on your laminate floors.
Purchase cans of polyurethane. While the sealant and silicone caulk is meant to protect selected portions of your flooring, applying a coat of polyurethane is the best way to ensure that your laminate floors are waterproof. Polyurethane adds protection not only for gaps between laminate planks, but also covers and protects the floorboards themselves.
The downside to this option is you’ll need to apply two or more coats, as polyurethane will not naturally adhere to the top layer of the laminate floor, and sanding will ruin the surface.
After reading through these potential solutions, you may just want to have your old floors pulled up and replaced with new, waterproof laminate floors.
Here are some things to consider as you weigh this option:
The decision to update your laminate floors with waterproofing versus purchasing new, waterproof laminate floors is probably going to get down to a question of time and money.
If you decide that it’s time to replace your old and out-dated laminate floors with waterproof laminate flooring, contact Carpet To Go today to find the best choice for your home.