If something seems too good to be true, that means it probably is. Laminate floors are great in theory, as they claim to be water resistant, durable, and easy to clean.
Or, at least that’s what most laminate companies want you to think.
The reality of laminate is that it’s very difficult to upkeep.
Many companies that you’ll purchase from have indecipherable warranties you may have unintentionally voided by cleaning your floors with simple water and soap.
Customers are generally fed up with these companies and policies, and have been looking for other flooring options with a similar look to laminate. Only, without any of the headaches involved.
Are you ready for the next generation of laminate?
Just wait until you hear about the next big flooring trend.
The Usual Laminate
You’ve already heard all about solid and engineered hardwood floors, but what’s the deal with legitimate laminate?
Laminate floors are traditionally made of layers of mixed wood and a plastic top layer.
Because of their less-than-traditional composition, they come with their fair share of pros and problems.
Here’s what living with traditional laminate is like:
Many laminate floor brands say they’re water resistant. That’s great if you live in a normal household that drops a glass of juice every so often.
What many of these brands don’t tell you is if you leave any water or liquid on the floor for even a few minutes, your laminate will be doing the time warp while you’re left figuring out how to fix your new fun-house-esque floors.
When water gets between the laminate planks, the shiny top layer will be unbothered.
The reason your floor will start to bubble up like a casserole is because the fiberboard core will crumble when exposed to any sort of liquid.
That’s certainly a huge downside, which is why many people stray away from using laminate in water prone areas like kitchens, bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms.
But wait: If you’re a die-hard laminate fan and have been waiting to use it in every nook and cranny of your house, there’s hope for you yet.
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How to Waterproof Water Resistant Laminate
One option to make laminate the future feature of your kitchen is to talk to a professional about waterproofing your existing laminate.
Because the problems with laminate occur when water gets through the cracks, this solution normally involves caulking between each and every board.
If that sounds like a tedious and time consuming process, that’s because it is a tedious and time consuming process.
Companies thought that there had to be a better way to waterproof laminate… and now there is.
Welcome to the market, 100% plastic laminate floors.
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Waterproof Laminate Brands
People wanted waterproof laminate, so flooring companies delivered.
There are a variety of brands that specialize in making wood-look floors without any of the hassle that comes with caring for traditional wood, vinyl, or laminate.
Here are some of the brands out there that specialize in waterproof laminate flooring:
If you’re looking for a floor that is 100% waterproof, is 100% recyclable, is anti-stain, has a 20 year residential warranty, is resistant against UV rays, and is able to be cleaned with simple water and soap, Parcolys is the laminate for you.
Based out of Belgium, this company offers residents in Europe both residential and commercial wood and stone look laminate options.
The only downside this company has is their location.
If you’re near Belgium with an empty plane to transport a home’s worth of flooring by next week, you’re set.
However, most of us won’t be able to realistically purchase this product any time soon without US showrooms.
If you’re ready for the next big thing in flooring, get ready for 100% PVC flooring.
This is essentially the same as the plastic laminate flooring described above, but with a few added perks.
Dumaplast’s Finesse flooring has the underpad built into the product, is sound proof, is 100% waterproof, and is eco friendly. This makes installation of the floors easy and ensures for stress-free maintenance in your basement, kitchen, bathroom & other wet areas.
Like Parcolys, Dumaplast is unfortunately only currently available in European countries.
Originally a subset of Parcolys, Aquastep is now its own brand that offers a waterproof and extra-strong fully plastic laminate floor.
Aquastep is strong enough to use in kitchens, in bathrooms, and even in your garage.
Thankfully, the company guarantees you won’t need to worry about buckling, gaps, or warping with your new floors.
The good news here is that Aquastep is available in the US. Though there is only one offering dealer in Massachusetts, you can potentially have the floors shipped to your home.
The bad news: this company is still based abroad.
The problem with basement moisture
Meaning, it may be difficult to communicate if any issues, though improbable, arise.
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Fully plastic laminate, though a good idea in theory, seems to be very popular across the pond and not so much locally. That means that customers in the US will need to wait a while to get excited about using these products in their own homes.
The good news is that because fully waterproof laminate is growing in popularity, it is not a stretch to say that we will be able to see an increase in brands offering this product domestically in the next few years.
In the meantime, you can still contact your contractor about waterproofing your existing laminate to make it last longer until you can replace it with one of the brands listed above.
That, or you can take a road trip up to Massachusetts and be the first in your state to have these one-of-a-kind floors.
Do you have laminate in your home?
Are you excited about the arrival of waterproof laminate or are your one of the few with it in your home? Comment below and tell us your thoughts.
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About Ashley Rose Marino
Ashley is the owner and principal of Ashley Marino Designs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and loves anything and everything home related.
When not designing interiors, she’s hopping on an airplane across the country and writing about what she knows best.
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