Does Your Bathroom Need Laminate Flooring?

Written by bprescottJanuary 31, 2012
A bathroom with laminate floors

Floor Surfaces- Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a popular choice for any room in the house. This product was developed in Europe and introduced to the United States market by Pergo. Manufacturers like Wilsonart, Mannington, Formica, Bruce, and others now offer laminate flooring systems. This hard-working surface continues to be a popular choice because it can withstand heavy traffic and is easy to clean.

Laminate flooring is a composite product made up of several layers glued together. The composition of each layer varies by manufacturer, but all laminate flooring products have basically three components: the surface wear layer, the core, and the backer.

  • Wear layer: The top layer is typically a high-pressure laminate made of aluminum oxide applied over a photographic reproduction of the floor’s pattern. Because the manufacturer can photograph just about anything, the top layer can be made to look like wood, stone, or just about any other surface.
  • Core: The laminate core can be made from a variety of materials but is usually high-density fiberboard (HDF). Depending on the manufacturer, a tongue-and-groove is milled into the edge of the core, or a metal interlocking strip is fastened to the core. This feature assures a tight interlocking joint between the boards.
  • Backing: The backer used for the bottom layer of laminate flooring products ranges from paper to a plastic laminate. Of course, for use in and around potential damp areas such as bathrooms, the plastic-backed laminates are the best choice.

Each manufacturer has specific recommendations as to where their products can be installed. When shopping for a floor for your bathroom, read the installation and warranty information supplied by the manufacturer. Most products can be installed in a bathroom if proper installation procedures are followed, meaning that the floor boards must be glued together and floated on a foam pad. The perimeter must be sealed with a silicone caulk to keep moisture out.

From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



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