How to Choose Laminate Flooring for Bathrooms

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Laminate flooring in a bathroom is ideal, because it needs little maintenance and comes in many styles and colors. But you want to choose laminate flooring with waterproof layers, or you'll be replacing your flooring after a short period of time.

  • Determine the look that you're going for. Measure your bathroom and map its layout to decide if you're going to go for a straight-line edge look or if you'd prefer your flooring at an angle or in a design.

  • View your style and color choices. Laminate flooring can come in several styles of tile, stone--some with the appearance of grout in between the pieces--and wood. Laminate wood flooring comes in dozens of grain and color patterns. Because laminate flooring is a tongue-and-groove installation process, you can choose between two colors and combine them as long as the manufacturer and products are the same.

  • Narrow your selection down. Make sure the choices of laminate flooring you're considering are appropriate for bathroom installation. Not all laminate flooring is waterproof or moisture resistant. Check the manufacturer's recommendations for guidance as to bathroom suitability.

  • Bring sample laminate flooring pieces home. This way, you can see how the samples look in your bathroom against your toilet, bathtub and walls. Turn the lights off and on and view the sample flooring in both the day-time and night-time hours.

  • Check into warranties. Manufacturers may only honor their money-back guarantees if you follow the proper installation procedures. These may include using glue between pieces of flooring to make certain that moisture cannot seep into the sub floor, as well as placing a sealing coat onto the sub floor before the final floor installation.

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