Laminates are not a popular choice for bathroom flooring, as most people believe that high level of water exposure may buckle its planks. However, there are waterproof laminates available in home improvement stores which can be installed in bathrooms.
There are a number of advantages associated with this type of flooring. It is made of an environment friendly material which is highly durable, and its cleaning and maintenance is not a big hassle at all.
As you know, waterproof laminates are to be selected for bathrooms. Take measurements of the bathroom and calculate the exact quantity of laminates needed. Buy rubber underlay pads, nails, hammer, crow bar, power saw, rubber mallet, utility knife, etc. When you have procured all these necessary items, follow the installation instructions elaborated next.
The Installation Process
The first step is preparation of the work area. The best part of this flooring is that it can be laid on any type of surface, provided that the floor condition is good and is properly leveled. Remove the baseboards from walls, clean the floor, and check for any defects.
If any damage is detected, it should be repaired before laying the floor. While working in bathroom, you have to disconnect the water supply, remove the toilet, and cover up the drains.
Prior to installation, you must go for a dry run. Here, you will place the laminate board on the floor to get an idea how to cover up the floor. This is done because there are bathroom fixtures where you cannot fit in a whole plank. For them to fit in such areas, you need to cut the planks using a power saw.
Place a moisture barrier sheet on the bathroom floor. Secure it along the edges so that it does not get displaced. Now, lay the rubber underlay pads over the plastic sheet.
Generally, manufacturers provide instructions about installation of underlay pads and you have to follow the same. You have to cut holes on this pad when you are laying it around toilet flange and other such areas of the bathroom.
Start installing laminate flooring in bathroom from any one corner. Place the first board one-fourth inch away from the bathroom wall. This is an expansion gap which has to be maintained along all the edges of the flooring.
In order to keep the gaps uniform, you can use tile spacers. Lay the next board in such a way that the top edges of both the boards touch each other. Then take a rubber mallet and tap it gently so that the two planks get interlocked. Use the same technique to lay the remaining boards.
You have to install the specially cut planks of laminate flooring around the toilet flange and other such areas in the same way, but in a very carefully. When you reach the opposite end of the wall, lay the last board with great care. A crowbar will be helpful in setting in the last plank on the bathroom floor.
Apply a layer of silicone sealant on the border lines of two adjacent laminate boards. This ensures that water does not seep below the laminate through these edges. You should also seal up the areas where bathroom fixtures are located. Finally, fix up the baseboards on the walls, so that the expansion gaps of newly installed laminate floor gets covered up.
Laminate flooring adds so much beauty and warmth to a bathroom which tiles or any other material cannot give. Moreover, the cost is not very high. Therefore, you can improve the décor without spending a huge sum of money.