As you shop for laminate, you'll see a variety of terms including waterproof and water-resistant...but what's the difference? Many products on the market are water-resistant, meaning they can stand up to spills and accidents. However, if those spills are left to sit or if those floors are exposed to consistent humidity, it can result in damage. Waterproof flooring can handle all types of moisture conditions and accidents without showing any signs of warping, cracking, or buckling.
Laminate is a versatile flooring product that can resemble hardwood or stone but remains more affordable and easy to maintain. Each laminate plank is actually made up of multiple layers. First comes the backing layer. This layer adds stability, balance, and moisture resistance. Next comes the core board, which is the bulk of the laminate plank. This is often made of a high-density material that gives each plank its strength. Third comes the photographic image decorative layer, which includes a high-quality print of just about any flooring material, from stone to ceramic tile to genuine hardwood. Finally comes a wear layer, which helps the plank resist scratching, wear, sun damage, and stains.
BEST ROOMS FOR LAMINATE
Most laminate products are water-resistant while some are entirely waterproof. Depending on your product, you'll love laminate in any room of your home including your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, basement, living room, office, and dining room.