Waterproof Laminate Flooring - What is it?

12 February 2019 By Flooring Village

What is Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring looks great. It’s more affordable than wood, and easier to clean. So it’s no wonder it’s become such a popular option. But anyone who’s dabbled in the world of laminate before will know that when it comes to spills and moisture-prone areas, laminate flooring just doesn’t perform well. 

Moisture has always been laminate’s one downfall. Until recently. Now, there’s the option of waterproof laminate flooring. You get all the perks of standard laminate, but you’re not going to get ‘bubbly’ flooring if any spills occur. 

What is waterproof laminate flooring? 

Even though most laminate flooring is ‘water resistant’, only recently have waterproof laminate flooring options been introduced in the UK. Normal laminate often bubbles up in an uneven texture with lots of air pockets if liquid is spilt on it. This is because the water resistant coating only applies to the surface of the laminate. So when water seeps in through the gaps, it reacts badly with the fibreboard core and troublesome bubbles can start popping up just minutes after a spill. But waterproof laminate flooring can handle spills and moisture. It’s made to be more durable, and fully protected from moisture. To make waterproof laminate, the HDF boards are soaked in water repellent oils, and the surface is coated with water repellent chemicals. This way, not only is the surface fully protected and extra durable, but the entire board is protected from water. So there’s no risk of liquid or moisture seeping through the board and causing problems. 

Why choose waterproof laminate floors? 

If you’re still not sure if waterproof laminate flooring is for you, here are some of the reasons why it’s going to make your life easier and your home even more beautiful. Stress-free spills When you don’t have waterproof flooring, every spill is a panic. You rush to clear it up before it leaves a stain or a bubbly texture, and pray that you got there in time. But with waterproof laminate, there’s no need to stress or panic. Of course, you don’t want to leave a spill sitting for a long time anyway, but at least you know there’s no risk of permanent damage to your floor. You can relax and clear it up in your own time, as you’re not racing against the clock. In fact, waterproof laminate flooring is designed to withstand constant moisture, in case it’s used in a bathroom. 

Long-lasting perfection

Laminate can perfect your home’s appearance. But with non-waterproof flooring, there’s always the worry that a single spill could leave you with a risen and misshapen patch of laminate. Waterproof laminate flooring isn’t going to change in shape, appearance or texture, no matter how many spills you put them through. So your floor can stay looking good-as-new for years to come. 

They’re suitable for any room 

Whether you want to have the same or similar flooring throughout different rooms in your home, or you just want a wood-style bathroom, waterproof laminate flooring can go just about anywhere. From your lounge, to your bedrooms, to the kitchen and even the bathroom, waterproof laminate can withstand a lot more than you might think. Despite the fact that bathrooms are often steamy and therefore moist, this flooring is designed to be protected against moisture for long periods of time. So there’s no need to worry about wet footprints leading out of the shower, or the steamy mist that fills the room after a nice hot bath. 

Who is waterproof laminate flooring for? 

Waterproof laminate flooring is great for family households and those with pets, simply because these homes need to cope with a little more spillage. But let’s face it, we’re all guilty of accidentally spilling things, be it milk, juice or wine. And waterproof laminate flooring just gives you the extra peace of mind that one clumsy moment isn’t going to ruin your floor. It’s also a great option for anyone who wants to style their bathroom, kitchen or basement with laminate flooring. These areas are prone to not only spills but also a lot moisture in the air. Waterproof laminate flooring is a great way to make the floors of these rooms waterproof and durable without sacrificing style. 

Waterproof laminate flooring brands 

So if you’re thinking about waterproof laminate for your home’s floor, you’ll be pleased to hear there are hundreds of designs and several different brands to choose from. Different brands offer different designs and advantages, so you just need to find the brand that suits you best! 

Balterio Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Balterio’s Grande range is a beautiful textured, wood-effect laminate that’s extra strong and durable. It’s easy to install, thanks to a simple click in system that keeps the planks tightly together, helping defend the floor against moisture and spills. This waterproof laminate flooring can be used in any room, including the bathroom, and it can even be used in conjunction with underfloor heating!

Egger Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Egger offer waterproof laminate in a range of styles, some resembling wooden floors, and others resembling stone such as granite and Santino stone. Egger laminate options often pair well with modern homes and minimalist designs, but they do also have a few traditional options. They have wood look-alike laminate, including a couple of rustic designs that are the most authentic looking on the market. Many of their designs are extra strong, with a thickness of 8mm, and with a guarantee of 25 years, you won’t need to worry about your floor for a very long while. 

Faus Waterproof Laminate Flooring

From industrial style, to retro tile effects, to chevron designs, to rustic wood effect, Faus offers a range of different styles for different home themes. If you’re looking for a floor with a unique design, Faus could be the waterproof laminate flooring brand for you. In particular, Faus is a great option for anyone going for a vintage effect. The laminate can be used in any room, as it can cope with prolonged moisture, and you can still keep toasty warm with underfloor heating, there’s no restriction against placing Faus over underfloor heating. 

Quick-Step Hydroseal Waterproof Laminate Flooring

Quick-Step is one of the best brands of waterproof laminate flooring for those that want a choice of designs. They offer a whole range of different colored and textured waterproof laminate. You can choose a modern or traditional looking laminate, and really match the tone to your home. Quick-Step laminate is designed to look a lot like real wood, so it’s great if you’re hoping for a natural looking and authentic feeling flooring. They also offer a scratch resistant coating, and a 25 year guarantee, giving you extra peace of mind. 

Woodpecker Waterproof Flooring

Woodpecker’s Brecon range of laminate flooring is waterproof and natural looking, making it a great choice of laminate for any room in the house, even bathrooms. Woodpecker is another good choice of authentic looking and feeling flooring. Woodpecker began as a family business, starting out in the timber industry. And you can see the thought that’s gone into creating wood-like laminate, with some laminate options even having saw marks.

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