Laminate flooring in bathroom and water prevention


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Old 08-09-15, 02:47 PM
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Laminate flooring in bathroom and water prevention

I have laminate floor planks in my bathroom. It's been nearly impossible to keep water from spilling from the shower to the floor. I even put a rubber mat at the base of the shower, but when I pick up the mat, there is water beneath. Note that there is a silicone sealant at the edge of the surface. The problem is that after I take a shower, water seems to seep between the cracks in the laminate planks. Do you have any suggestions? Should I request that my landlord waterproof the floor with a sealant ?

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Old 08-09-15, 03:28 PM
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Laminate has no place in a bathroom, and will be swelling and warping on you soon. It was cheap and the installers just put it in along with the rest of the house saving labor. There is no sealing it at the seams. It will just have to run its course. I would take photos of the mats you have out as well as any other items you have in an effort to keep it from getting wet. Make note of the laminate's condition on your rental agreement. Ultimately it is his decision, but you need to protect yourself.
 
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Old 08-09-15, 06:31 PM
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New flooring was installed when I moved in a couple of months ago. Below the laminate is hardwood. I wonder how long the laminate will hold up before showing noticeable signs of deterioration.
 
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Old 08-09-15, 06:50 PM
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A few months to a year, depending on quality of the flooring and the abuse it gets.
 
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Old 08-10-15, 04:04 AM
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As long as you are using a curtain instead of a door, you will have potential leaking issues. Make a suggestion to the landlord to install a door (cheaper than a new floor). In the meantime, do you have a curtain liner on the inside of your blue shower curtain? The curtain needs to be on the inside of the curb during showering. You can also take a little water and get the liner to cling to the wall for a better seal while you are showering.
 
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As Larry said, be sure to document you efforts to keep the floor dry in case this goes south before you move out.
 
 

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