laminate floor in bath?


Old 04-01-01, 08:23 AM
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Hi Folks, thanks for the info on my previous question, very helpful and the floor is down and looks great! We'll test it with 3 boys, a dog, and a cat.
What do you think about bathroom installation of laminate flooring? What do you do around the toilet and tub front?

Thanks for your time, Mike
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Old 04-01-01, 08:48 AM
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Although improvements in moisture resistance are taking place you may wish to consider this. The following thoughts express my views on the subject. Interest in laminate floors for bathrooms, as an example, doesn’t make a lot of sense. The risk of wet feet or an un-backed cloth bath mat on a hard smooth surface is by itself frightening. In some parts of the country, bathroom humidity and temperature soar in the winter months for brief periods, and even the waterproof wallpaper lifts off of the wall. A suitable location is not a wet one. Most rooms in a home ARE suitable for laminates, in the others there may be a gamble. In fact laminate is as moisture resistant as hardwood or carpet or other fiber floor material. Laminate is No more, No less moisture resistant than many other flooring materials. Tile is more moisture resistant! The argument that glue type versus glueless type is more or less moisture resistant is nonsense. Laminate flooring is not and was not developed for use in wet areas. Finally moisture can cause slippery wet areas, moisture under the laminate floor may breed undesirable “germs” whether or not the floor remains in tact, and moisture may cause an unpleasant odor. Each of these three instances does not shorten the life of the flooring by itself. Greater moisture resistance is most likely not as important as installing a laminate floor in a suitable location. Accidents do happen, and when they do, insurance policies are used to transfer risk to the insurer who will pay for the remedy. JMHO
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