Is laminate Flooring Waterproof?
Anyone with small children will agree that spillages on laminate flooring will happen, there are many cleaning alternatives to use on Laminate floors, but what about water? Is Laminate Flooring waterproof?
Well, short answer – No! Laminate flooring is not waterproof, and there is common misperception out there that laminate is waterproof, and that might be due to the fact many customers mistakenly confuse vinyl with laminate flooring.
Vinyl Flooring is Waterproof!
Many types of vinyl flooring are waterproof and are highly resistant to water. However, laminate flooring on the other hand, is made out of recycled hardwood, which isn’t waterproof. Due to the melamine wear layer, it has a tough finish which resists against scratches and may have minor protection against minor water spillages.
However, like Hardwood, laminate does not do well with standing water regardless of whether the water is either on the surface or under the panels. Laminate also does not do well in areas with high humidity, which will cause the panels to bubble.
Is there any Waterproof Laminate Floors?
There are some laminates that claim to be “splash proof” (which is not an industry term) and they do still warn you not to leave any standing water on your laminate floor). If laminate floors become really wet, they will get ruined and buckle.
Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate floors cannot be sanded or refinished. If they get wet, they cannot be repaired. (Whereas if hardwood gets wet in a few spots, you can usually replace those planks and refinish the floors and they will look good as new.)
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