What's wrong with hardwood flooring?
There's a lot to think about when choosing the right flooring option for your bathroom. The material you choose has to stand up to soggy towels, water puddles, stains, dirt, wear and tear, and possibly dropped curling irons. Hardwood may not be your best choice.
Wood can warp and shift when it's left in a moist environment for too long. Even if the hardwood flooring is stain resistant, leave water on it too long or drop something on it, and it will affect the finish. You will also need to do some extra TLC to maintain the wood, particularly in the bathroom.
Why laminate flooring is limitless
Certain manufacturers will tell you that you shouldn’t use a laminate flooring in the bathroom. The key to using laminate in the bathroom is in the installation and upkeep.
The texture and finish of your laminate floor can mimic the look of wood, or even tile, without the commitment to ongoing care. Laminate can be hand-scraped, distressed, and covered in authentic-looking knots and wormholes. Also, laminate is a more affordable way to achieve the look of stone or marble flooring.
The question of durability goes beyond stylistic elements. A hardwood floor will have spaces between the planks. Sealing your wood flooring can add an extra layer of protection, but it won't eliminate crevices for dust, allergens, and moisture to hide in. A laminate floor can lock together without the use of nails or glue to create a tight, nearly seamless bond. Seal that bond with a protective barrier and an under-layer; you are guaranteed years of wood-like style without the maintenance or expense.
Laminate is actually made up of four layers of material that are fused together. The fusing process makes it both stain and moisture resistant, but it is not fool-proof. To keep moisture out of laminate seams, always clean up any standing water puddles as soon as possible and sweep it regularly to keep it from getting scored by dirt.
On average, laminate flooring costs between 1 to 4 dollars per square foot. Professional installation is available, as desired.
If you have questions about any of our products, our services or simply desire additional information, call Gowdy Flooring today at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via email. Check out our website to read more About Us. We welcome you to visit our showroom located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.