|Posted by bill on December 16, 2015 at 7:20 PM|
You're ready to take the plunge and redo the floor in the bathroom. You think ceramic tile may be too cold or too slippery. You love the look and warmth of hardwood but you're not about to spend that much for such a small space, and you do not want to trip every time you walk into the room. So laminate seems like a perfect option. Laminate is thinner, usually cheaper, and looks easy enough to install it yourself.
But, having a bathtub or shower where you have laminate flooring just doesn't strike me as a good idea. Many of the laminates are made of materials like pressed wood with a printed material installed over the top. When water, moisture, or humidity gets between the seams, they have a tendency to puff up and soak up water like a sponge. I am sure you have seen a pressed wood sink vanity or shelf unit in a bathroom do that. Some of the manufacturers recommend gluing the seams and sealing the floor when you are done to keep the moisture out. However It would be very difficult to glue just the upper tongue and angle the piece to it together without creating a messy nightmare. This is besides the fact that big changes in temperature cause wood materials to expand and contract. (That is why installers have to leave a gap between the walls and laminate.) When the flooring expands and contracts, the seams will open and moisture will seep in. Once it does, game over.
It is this remodeling contractor's humble opinion that laminate floor if used, should be in living rooms, bedrooms and half baths, not in full bathrooms with showers or tubs. There are several new options out there these days that would suit the space better and give a similar look.