Best Uses for Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring gives you the look and feel of hardwood in your home without the cleaning and refinishing commitments. It’s wonderful to have in areas where moisture is limited, such as in living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways. It is easy to install, durable, and easier to clean and maintain than most wood floors.

Great areas to install laminate

  • Living Rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Hallways
  • over Ceramic
  • over Vinyl
  • over Concrete
  • over Plywood
  • over Particle Board (subfloor)

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Places where laminate is NOT a good idea

  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Saunas
  • Kitchens
  • Porches
  • Entryways
  • Mudrooms
  • Garages

Check out our Vinyl Flooring Guide for these areas

Why you shouldn’t use laminate in wet areas
Most laminate is not recommended for areas with a lot of moisture. Standing water or high humidity, such as in bathrooms or saunas, will inevitably lead to warping, peaking and ugly gaps between the boards. There are a few “laminate” products on the market that are exceptions, but if you are putting flooring under a hot tub, make sure the manufacturer clearly states that their laminate is waterproof or you could end up with a bad floor and a voided warranty.