Although the kitchen and bathroom are traditionally the spaces where water spills and moisture affect the floor, having water-resistant laminate flooring throughout the house ensures protection against floor damage as the result of moisture.
Why laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is made up of wood fibre layers and is far more affordable than hardwood flooring. It has the same look and feel as hardwood, but it is easier to install, lower in maintenance, durable, and cost-effective. However, laminates, just as hardwood floors, are usually affected by moisture or water spills. But, if you install water-resistant laminate flooring in the high-risk areas, you considerably reduce the risk of having to replace boards because of spillages.
Why install water-resistant flooring throughout, and not just in the kitchen or bathroom?
Prevention is Better than Cure
Keep Murphy’s law in mind. You may, for instance, feel that insurance on your expensive smartphone is unnecessary because you have never lost a phone and you take good care of your belongings. Just as you walk out of the bank, someone calls and you try to get the phone out of your bag. At that moment, a shopper bumps into you and you drop your phone.
The same goes with flooring. If you only install water-resistant laminate flooring in the high-risk areas, you only protect your investment in those spaces. Your children’s friends are unaware that the laminates will swell if exposed to excessive moisture or water. They take their cooldrinks with them to the lounge and your dog knocks one over. They do not notice it, because they are having such a great time in front of the television. By the time that they realise what had happened, it is too late and you have a damaged floor section.
Let us presume you are strict about the presence of food and beverages in the other areas of the house and the risk is thus rather low. What if the geyser bursts while you are not at home and floods several rooms? Or what if the roof leaks during a heavy storm with nobody home? Many such unforeseen occurrences can be listed. Better be safe than sorry. Make provision for the unforeseen by installing water-resistant laminate flooring throughout the house and reduce the stress of having a floor that cannot be exposed to water at all.
Floor surfaces exposed to conditions for which they are not designed, such as harsh sunlight, moisture or hard bumps, tend to show signs of wear and tear quickly. By investing in water-resistant laminate flooring throughout the house, you also invest in the aesthetic appeal of your home. The lower maintenance associated with such flooring means cost savings in the long run. In addition, given the water-resistant properties of the floor, you also have more cleaning options. Add the fact that the floor will be more durable and you can see how cost savings, sustainability, and practicality are associated with water-resistant laminate flooring.
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