10 Things You Should Know Before Installing Laminate Flooring in Your Bathroom
If you are on the lookout for the easiest and quickest do-it-yourself flooring installation for your bathroom, laminate flooring installation is among the best.
Follow the instructions carefully during installation and you will find yourself admiring your capability of finishing a beautiful and long-lasting laminate flooring installation for your bathroom. You can also utilize a professional installation. However, the following things should be considered before you venture into the task.
Your first consideration for bathroom flooring installation will be moisture. Moisture or water-resistant, well-built flooring materials are widely available in the market, which is also approved for use with kitchen and bathroom renovation projects. Yet, one cannot miss the stipulations regarding the installation even being a professional. Let us take a look into those guidelines you should not dare to miss while doing installing laminate flooring in your bathroom.
1. Avoid sump plum or floor drain: This is to prevent water or moisture from getting underneath the flooring. Laminate flooring is not good in rooms with abnormally high humidity.
2. Trouble with water: Be careful with water when you use it on a laminate floor to avoid the floor from buckling. An overflow or spillage may cause the water to settle in and damage the floor. In such instances, you should mop the floor until it’s completely dry. Never even think about wet wash!
3. Install the cabinets: Prior to installation of the laminate flooring you should set up your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
4. Underlayment: The edges of the underlayment and the top portion of the flooring should be level once the installation is complete. This is made easy when the laminate comes with an attached foam underlayment. Otherwise, when installing a separate underlayment it has to be cut in such a way that it does not leave any cavity between the laminate flooring. This is very important especially in the case of bathroom laminate flooring.
5. Lock the joints: To have a very tight joint lock remove all remnants of the previous flooring from the subfloor before the laminate installation. Make sure you do not leave any gap between the subfloor and the laminate installation unfilled. Loose joints and gaps between the plank and subfloor will cause moisture to stay. After the installation leave the joints undisturbed as otherwise it may get loosen.
6. Glue the joints: This is a specially recommended task for laminate flooring in the kitchen and bathroom. By doing this the joints are ensured to be sealed perfectly to avoid any kind of leakage. When applying the glue it’s better to apply it only on the top portion of the plank such that the joint will squeeze out the extra adhesive which can be wiped clean before it clots.
7. Sealing: All expansion spaces on the edges of the bathroom’s perimeter must be sealed with mildew resistant 100% silicon sealant. The manufacturer will recommend the appropriate sealant for your product. No space subject to moisture should be left unsealed. Prior to installation, the toilet should be removed. Spaces around the toilet flange should be protected the same way
8. Tubs and basins: The space around the tubs and basins can be decorated in various ways with the different colors available in the market. First, the space left for possible expansion around the perimeter should be caulked. The trim is then used on the wet caulk before it sets. Caulking the conjunction between tub and basin will prevent mildew buildup or moist surface.
9. T-Molding: For the laminate flooring installation in bathrooms, install a T-molding in the doorway and anywhere within the restroom and the space adjacent to it. The expansion space under it should be caulked too.
10. Drying up: As you might have noticed by now any kind of flooring installation for bathrooms is different from all those precautions against moisture. They are not yet over. It is also highly recommended that the room must be deserted for 24 hours leaving it to dry up before you begin to use it. Also, follow it in case your manufacturer has instructions for any floor heating system.
When using laminate flooring, be careful with wet slippery floors. Avoid leaving the floors wet by moping them dry with a cloth. If given the simple care it needs laminate flooring is more durable and relatively maintenance-free. It also offers variety in terms of pattern and color.