Keeping Laminate Flooring Dry With Waterproofing

  • May 29, 2018

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.

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Waterproofing Laminate 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.


Use Silicone Caulk on Areas Most Prone to Water Damage

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.


Apply a Good Top Coat

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.


Should You Start All Over Again?

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:

  • Laminate can come installed as a fully waterproof floor. Knowing this can bring great peace of mind, as you’ll know you can have it installed even in rooms with high potential for possible water damage, like the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • It is very durable. New waterproof laminate floors are manufactured to last for a long time. They are highly resistant to physical damage from scratches and from spills and plumbing leaks.
  • Waterproof laminate floors are easy to maintain and care for. In most instances, routine sweeping, vacuuming and mopping will keep these floors looking shiny and brand new for years to come.
  • Laminate is comfortable to walk on. Waterproof laminate floors are known for they’re warmth and comfort on the feet. It’s routinely characterized as more comfortable that both tile and vinyl floors, and, in some cases hardwood floors.
  • It is easy to install. Though it can be a great option for a DIY enthusiast, it’s a job best left to professional installers. They’ll have the old floors up and removed and the new floors laid in no time at all.
  • It’s a good choice for budget-conscious shoppers. Compared to many flooring options, waterproof laminate floors tend to fit into the budgets of most shoppers for whom cost is a deciding factor.

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.

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