Laminate flooring has emerged as the top choice for homeowners seeking to revitalize their homes. By installing laminate flooring, homeowners can enjoy the sophisticated allure of hardwood while ensuring long-lasting resilience. Our flooring experts at Coles Fine Flooring in San Diego, CA often get questions about whether this type of flooring can be waterproof and, while there is some nuance to that answer, we can finally answer “Yes!” This article will explore what laminate flooring is and why it being waterproof is changing the game!
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product that is fused together with a lamination process which simulates the look of traditional hardwood floors. Laminate flooring consists of multiple layers: a wear layer, core layer, and backing layer. The wear layer is a transparent protective coating that protects against fading due to UV rays and staining due to dirt and spills. The core layer is made up of a high-density fiberboard (HDF) that gives the laminate floor its strength and stability. The backing layer provides moisture resistance and sound absorption.
What makes flooring water-proof?
When deciding whether to install laminate flooring in your home it is important to understand three key terms that are often used when describing a flooring type’s ability to hold up to water and moisture: water-resistant, waterproof, and flood-proof. To find out more about these terms, please refer to this article where we explore the topic in-depth!
Mannington laminate flooring takes the traditional construction of laminate flooring one step further by making it waterproof, which is an exciting development for laminate!
To make their waterproof laminate, Mannington added an additional water-resistant barrier between the HDF core board and the bottom layers, which makes it more suitable for areas with frequent exposure to moisture or humidity, like kitchens and bathrooms.
As an added bonus, Mannington’s waterproof laminate also features Uniclic technology which ensures easy installation without having to glue each plank together. With its realistic wood look, high durability, and waterproof protection Mannington laminate flooring can give you peace of mind without compromising on style or quality.
Karastan is introducing new waterproof laminate flooring called BelleLuxe. It is the perfect way to transform your home with the beauty and functionality of waterproof laminate flooring. With its realistic wood grain patterns and rich details, Karastan Laminate is the perfect replica of natural wood.
In addition to its beauty, Karastan Waterproof Laminate is also incredibly durable. All products feature WetProtect, full-coverage waterproof protection backed by a lifetime surface and subfloor waterproof warranty. This means that you can rest assured that your Karastan Laminate flooring will last for years to come, even in wet or humid conditions.
Waterproof laminate and what it means for you
Ultimately, we are excited about this new product because waterproof laminate flooring offers something the laminate market hasn’t had before: a durable and easy-to-maintain surface that can stand up to even the most challenging of conditions. Not only that but it also features several advanced technologies.
Mannington Laminate Advanced Technology:
- StainShield®, which helps resist spills and stains;
- Antibacterial Shield, which fights bacteria growth;
- WearTop® coating that provides superior protection against abrasion; and
- Xguard® edge protection technology which works to protect the boards against chipping.
Karastan Waterproof Laminate Advanced Technology:
- WetProtect, a full-coverage waterproof protection backed by a lifetime surface and subfloor waterproof warranty for beauty that lasts over time.
Waterproof laminate flooring is a great option for homeowners who want the look and feel of natural wood without the maintenance or worry of water damage. Both Mannington and Karastan offer high-quality waterproof laminate flooring options that are both stylish and durable.
If you’re looking for a waterproof laminate flooring option that is easy to install, Mannington’s waterproof laminate flooring is a great choice. It features Uniclic technology, which allows you to snap the planks together without having to glue them.
If you’re looking for a waterproof laminate flooring option that is as realistic as possible, Karastan’s BelleLuxe waterproof laminate is a great choice. It features WetProtect, full-coverage waterproof protection backed by a lifetime surface and subfloor waterproof warranty.
No matter which brand you choose, waterproof laminate flooring is a great way to update the look of your home without sacrificing durability.
If you are interested in waterproof flooring for your home, we invite you to stop in to one of our convenient locations to speak with our expert staff!