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Is Laminate Flooring Waterproof

Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of styles and tones that can match just about any type of interior design, and so it's easy to see why many homeowners have thought about laying laminate flooring in their bathroom. However, because the bathroom is such a challenging environment (due to the humidity and moisture levels), it's natural to question: is laminate flooring waterproof?

The short answer is no, laminate flooring is not waterproof. A wide proportion of laminate flooring is made out of recycled hardwood, meaning that when laminate is exposed to a high volume of water and humidity, it can warp and dislodge itself from the sub-floor. 

There is a common misconception that laminate flooring is made of plastic, so it must be waterproof. However, unlike vinyl flooring, laminates are made out of materials like recycled core board and decorative HDF panels, which are not very water-resistant. You may find that some laminate flooring products are marketed as 'waterproof', but these are typically only coated with an extra hydro-repellent seal and may still warp when exposed to too much water.

When choosing a floor for your bathroom, we would recommend going with a more waterproof material such as those listed below.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl (also known as LVT) flooring is made out of 100% plastic, making it one of the most waterproof flooring materials you can install in your home. Water will just sit on top of these flooring products instead of soaking into the fibres of the floor. Vinyl flooring is a much better choice for the bathroom than laminate flooring, and it's available in a similarly spectacular variety of styles.

Cork Flooring

Eco-friendly due to its sustainable nature, cork flooring is also naturally resistant to water, making it a great choice for the bathroom. It has a lovely, spongy texture underfoot, and more importantly it can cope with humid environments far better than laminate flooring can. Once installed, we would recommend covering your cork flooring with a layer of polyurethane to further protect it from water spills.

We hope this article has helped answer your questions about whether laminate flooring is water-resistant. Feel free to contact us if you have any further queries about our products.

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Are you curious about the advantages of oiled wood floors? Here's a closer look at why this attractive hardwood flooring option may be the ideal choice for your home:

Oiled Wood Floors

Products pictured (from left):
18mm Oiled Dark Walnut // 18mm Oiled Georgian Oak // 18mm Oiled Planters Oak

Natural Beauty

The visual impact of a floor is usually an instrumental factor in the decision to install it in the home. Oiled wood floors are well-known for their ability to enhance the natural tones of the material used to create the boards, with the colour maturing over time to provide you with an ever-evolving floor design. Oiled wood is also ideal for providing your space with a highly traditional and classic look - great news for those who love vintage interior designs.

Protection 

The oiled finish of the wood doesn't just create an impressive appearance - it also helps to protect that appearance over time. Other wood floor finishes will sit on top of the board to create a barrier layer, while oil is able to penetrate the grain to its core, hardening the fibres of the wood. This helps to ensure that oiled wood floors are nourished and preserved over time, providing a more enhanced level of protection. It also reduces the chances of the joins cracking as the boards expand and contract with the seasons, due to the fact the oil penetrates and becomes part of the boards, moving with them.

Value

Oiled wood floors are a very rewarding long-term investment! Oiled wood is seen as a long-life flooring option that is intended to be nurtured and maintained over time, contributing towards the quality and character of your home for decades. Like all home assets, this will help to increase your property's overall value, which means that you will also benefit from your investment should you decide to sell up and move away,

Easy to Repair

Scuffs and scratches may be inevitable with daily wear over a long period of time, but oiled hardwood floorboards can be restored with very little effort! Due to the protection that we've already mentioned above, oiled wood flooring can be reinvigorated without the need to sand down your boards, limiting the mess and effort needed to complete the repairs. 

Browse and buy solid wood flooring >

Bedroom Flooring

While it may not be in plain view to visitors, the bedroom is among the parts of the house in which we spend the most time, and so it's worth putting in the extra effort to make yours feel comfortable and inviting. Your choice of flooring can make a big difference to the overall atmosphere of your bedroom, creating a unique look and feel that reflects your personal tastes while also meeting the practical requirements of your lifestyle.

How to choose flooring for the bedroom

Here are a few things that you should consider when choosing your bedroom flooring:

Aesthetics 

Bedroom Designs

Look

How your bedroom flooring looks is one of the most important things to think about, as this can really make a huge difference to how inviting your room is and how spacious it feels. Flooring products like this oak laminate from Egger, for example, will really bring warmth and brightness to your space.

Feel

Your bedroom flooring should not only look great but also give the desired feel underfoot. For instance, our natural parquet laminate has a striking patterned look and texture, while our cork flooring products are soft and springy underfoot.

Paring

Finding the right flooring for your colour scheme and design can add the final touch to your project, allowing you to subtly enhance your pallet or even create a striking contrast. You can also add accessories like decorative rugs to your floor for added texture, or to give the room a more cosy feel.

Practicality 

flooring lifestyle

Cost

Make sure you're clear on how much you have to spend before starting your project, and remember that different types of flooring can vary hugely in price.  It's also important to balance the initial cost of your flooring with factors such as longevity and maintenance to ensure that you are getting the best deal for your current circumstances. 

Maintenance

Different floors require different levels of maintenance, so make sure you look into this when selecting the flooring for your bedroom. Laminate flooring is always a great choice from both a design and maintenance perspective, as it offers a variety of designs and textures, whilst also being very easy to clean with little upkeep required. It's also nice and cool, which is great for the hot and muggy summer months!

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle should also play a huge part in the selection of your bedroom flooring, as this will determine how practical it is and how long it will last. Those with pets and children, for instance, may want to go for something that's durable and won't stain easily. Bamboo is a great all-rounder, as it has beneficial qualities of both hardwood (striking look, good for allergies) and synthetic/engineered flooring types (moisture resistant, strong). Bamboo is also an environmentally-friendly choice. 

Here at Floormaker, we provide a huge selection of flooring for bedrooms, along with a range of accessories to give a stunning finished look. Click here to return to our homepage and browse the full range.

Whether you're looking to replicate the look of hardwood, or you'd like to make your room feel more spacious, longboard laminate flooring is a great way to achieve a luxurious finish in almost any space. The extended length of these laminate planks allows them to emulate the sleek and imposing appearance of real wood flooring, while also visually elongating your interior to create the illusion of more space.

This allows homeowners and designers to achieve their desired visual impact while also benefiting from the practical advantages of laminate flooring, which include:

  • Versatility - Longboard laminate flooring can be used in variety of areas throughout your home or commercial space, including kitchens and conservatories.
  • Easy Maintenance - Like other types of laminate flooring, our longboard products are easy to clean and resistant to scratches and scuffs.
  • Simple Installation - The boards slot together easily for a simple and hassle-free installation process.

Longboard Laminate Flooring Examples

Here's a closer look at some of the longboard laminate products that we have available in our laminate flooring range:

white longboard laminate

14mm Longboard Laminate Flooring in Snow

A stunning white laminate that gives a bright, airy feel.

longboard laminate commercial floor

14mm Longboard Laminate Flooring in Moon

An attractive wood-effect floor with a dusty grey finish.

dark longboard laminate floor

14mm Longboard Laminate Flooring in Sunset

A luxurious, warm-toned laminate that is almost indistinguishable from solid wood.

grey longboard laminate

12mm Longboard Laminate Flooring in Makro Oak

Detailed grey flooring with a sumptuous textured effect.

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8mm White Gloss Laminate Flooring Tiles

Today's featured product is a sleek and contemporary white tile floor that will provide your space with a clean, modern feel (as demonstrated in the image above).

Those who are looking for an alternative to porcelain or ceramic tiles will find that Westco's 8mm White Gloss Laminate Flooring - available to buy from Floormaker.co.uk - provides an ideal solution, recreating the look of shiny, polished tiles while also being resilient, affordable, and easy to install.

Although many people love the grand and pristine appearance that a high-shine tile can bring to one's living space, they are often discouraged by the idea that tiles will be be extremely cool to the touch - a great quality if you live somewhere warm, but not so ideal for UK homes (especially during the winter months). Luckily, our white gloss laminate flooring will not drop to the same low temperatures as other tile materials, allowing you to achieve an immaculate finish without making your home feel too cold.

White gloss laminate flooring

Here's a closer look at the benefits of our white gloss laminate flooring:

  • Maintenance - Our laminate tiles are extremely hard-wearing, which means that you won't have to worry about them becoming easily damaged with daily use. In addition, laminate is also an easy-clean material, so you won't have to spend lots of time and money to keep it looking fresh.

  • Installation - Like wood-effect laminates, our white gloss floor tiles simply click together with very little effort, making this flooring exceptionally easy to install.

  • Versatility - Our white gloss laminate flooring can be used in a variety of settings, ranging from staircases to kitchens to conservatories, allowing you to create an impressive finish in almost any area of your home. In addition, this laminate is also compatible with underfloor heating, so you won't have to worry about any complications if that's a feature you enjoy in your property.

To see our full selection of high gloss flooring options, click here >

Luxury vinyl flooring is one of our most popular products here at Floormaker. Fittingly, we have received a number of fantastic reviews on our luxury vinyl selection, from customers who have been impressed not only by the quality of the product, but also by the service that we provided during the order process.
 
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Options
 
Pictured: Black Slate Tile (left) // Oak (right)
 
Here's a closer look at some of the luxury vinyl flooring reviews that we have received from our customers:
 
"Very good flooring - the tile has a nice, realistic wood texture and seems extremely hard-wearing. Very pleased with end result now it is laid in the kitchen." - Steven, Sidcup
 
"Delighted with the vinyl clic flooring for my shower room, so easy to fit and cut. A great service from Floormaker" - Billy, Liverpool 
 
"Responsive on the telephone and extremely helpful. Excellent website, great prices and a fantastic quality product. Also delivered on time (for free!)." - Paul, Ongar 
 
"Great product, very simple to install and looks fabulous. Good customer service from Floormaker". - Jim, South Shields 
 
"This flooring is beautiful and an excellent quality product. The service we received from Floormaker was top class, from the ease of ordering to the helpful information provided on the helpline to the speed and efficiency of delivery." - Barbara, Bolton
 

Why Order Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

wood effect luxury vinyl

Pictured: Rustic Oak

If the reviews above have prompted you to consider buying luxury vinyl flooring for your home, here are a few more benefits that should help you make your decision:
  • It Looks Great - Luxury vinyl is able to emulate wood and certain types of tile beautifully.
  • It's Easy to Install - The flooring simply clicks into place without the need for glues and adhesives.
  • It's Hard-Wearing - Luxury vinyl has an extra layer of protection, making it highly durable and waterproof.
  • It's Affordable - Despite being described as a 'luxury' flooring option, our vinyl still provides a cost-effective solution for your home! 

To see our full range of luxury vinyl flooring, click here!

The changing face of fashion waits for no one. Although the flooring world may not move quite as quickly as the fashion industry, laminate flooring designers nevertheless work very hard to keep up with the latest styles and trends, ensuring that homeowners have the very latest looks to choose from.

Laminate flooring lends itself to a huge range of different styles and designs, as essentially any photographic image can be fused beneath the protective layer, ensuring that the only limitation is your imagination.

So what are the latest laminate flooring trends amongst fashion-conscious homeowners?

Stone Effect Laminate Tiles

Pictured: 8mm Palatino Vesuvio Slate Laminate Flooring

Enhanced realism

This is probably the hottest trend in laminate flooring right now, with designers continuing to push the limits of what can be achieved. Visually, laminate floors has never looked so realistic, and as practically any look can be achieved, increasingly vivid and interesting products are being produced.

The hardwood look

Replica hardwood designs are a longstanding favourite amongst homeowners, and as manufacturing techniques grow more and more advanced, the products are being produced to a truly superlative standard. Hardwood-effect laminate floors are now available with hand-scraped finishes, nail holes, saw marks, and other attractive features that naturally occur in solid wood. Hardwood designs still monopolise the laminate flooring market, accounting for something like 80 per cent of sales.

Hardwood Effect Laminate Flooring

Pictured: 14mm Longboard Sunset Laminate Flooring

Environmental friendliness

An increasingly conscientious customer base are going green and embracing eco-friendly products, and this often includes flooring. Laminates have a relatively long life cycle, and producing a laminate floor consumes less energy and resources now than ever before.

Bold, bright designs

There are a wide range of finishes available when you're browsing laminate flooring, from high gloss to matte and everything in between. Commercial and residential properties alike are opting for statement flooring more and more often - something that's bold and brightens the mood of a room.

Red Laminate Tiles

Pictured: 8mm High Gloss Red Tile Effect Laminate Flooring

Great value for money

With many people operating on a shoestring budget, consumers tend to look for the very best quality at a price they can afford. Laminate flooring has always been both sturdy and affordable, and high-end looks are achievable at surprisingly low prices.

We have a huge range of laminate flooring products to choose from here at Floormaker - our customers can order up to 3 FREE samples and pay nothing for delivery on orders exceeding £100!

Grey walls and accents are a highly popular interior design trend, and they're not showing any signs of waning in popularity! If you're currently in the process of planning a grey colour scheme for your home, or if you've recently painted your walls and you're searching for flooring to match, we can help you select the perfect choice to suit your preferences.

Here are a few design suggestions to help you plan your selection, along with some possible varieties of flooring to go with grey walls, with options to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.

Add Warmth to Your Space:

Almost all types of wood and wood-effect floors are ideal for adding a dash of warmth to grey rooms, with the ability to compliment a range of wall shades beautifully. Depending on the style and tone of the flooring you choose, this combination allows you to create a number of looks, ranging from sleek modernity to classic elegance and beyond.

Limed Oak Wide Engineered Flooring

 

Create a Contrast:

If you're looking to add dimension to your space, or you're attempting to follow a stylish monochrome theme, black flooring can be a great way to highlight and contrast your chosen shade of grey. This can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the existing feel of your home and the look you are striving to create. Slate effect flooring can be a great way to add a touch of traditional charm or luxury to your space, while black engineered wood can offer a cool and modern feel.

Black Slate Effect Vinyl

 

Highlight & Compliment Grey Accents:

If you're using smaller accents of grey or very light shades, why not draw attention to these by complimenting them with your choice of flooring? This will bring out the grey tones in other areas of the room, and will bring your scheme together exquisitely. This is ideal for a range of design themes, whether you are looking to emulate modern, Scandinavian style, or are going for a variation on the rustic, shabby-chic look.

Barn Oak Laminate Flooring

As you can see from the examples above, flooring can make a huge difference to your grey colour scheme! Taking your room from traditional and cosy to modern minimalist and beyond, the range of flooring styles that you are able to choose from really show how versatile a touch of grey paint can be.

For more flooring to go with grey walls, see our full selection here!

Bamboo Flooring vs Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a well-loved classic that's ideal for modern and traditional interiors alike. However, it seems the more eco-friendly bamboo flooring is swiftly gaining popularity among homeowners and interior designers right now - could it be a better choice than traditional solid wood?

To answer this question for you, we've put together a list of pros and cons for both flooring types. If you're struggling to decide between bamboo flooring and hardwood flooring, read on to find out which option is better-suited to your project...

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring

Pictured: 15mm Dark Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring

Pros

  • Bamboo flooring tends to be a bit cheaper than traditional hardwood flooring, typically costing £20-30 per square metre.

  • Bamboo flooring is less likely to be damaged by light moisture due to its natural moisture resistance.

  • Bamboo flooring is more environmentally friendly than hardwood due to its renewable nature. Bamboo flooring is made from bamboo grass which grows back far more quickly than hardwood trees and is sourced in an environmentally responsible manner.

Cons

  • Bamboo flooring offers less variety than hardwood flooring, with fewer looks and styles to choose from. That said, you can stain bamboo to achieve more unusual tones.

  • If a hardwood floor is damaged, the boards can be sanded to restore them to their former appearance. Some bamboo flooring can be sanded (depending on the manufacturer), but sanding is less effective on bamboo floorboards.

Browse Floormaker's range of bamboo flooring >

 

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring

Pictured: 18mm Solid 1 Strip Oak Flooring

Pros

  • Hardwood flooring is available in a wide variety of styles and colours.

  • Hardwood boards also offer great longevity, lasting for many years once installed and coping well with constant use.

  • Hardwood flooring can be sanded easily if any damage occurs, restoring it back to its original state.

Cons

  • Hardwood flooring is typically more expensive than bamboo flooring, with prices ranging from £25 to £40 per square metre depending on your selection.

  • Though it is highly durable, hardwood flooring does not cope well in high humidity/high moisture areas such as the bathroom - it may warp and buckle if placed in these environments.

  • Hardwood flooring is less eco-friendly than bamboo and other materials. The trees that are cut down to create solid wood floors take many years to grow back, although the wood flooring industry has been implementing greener, more responsible practices of late.

Browse Floormaker's range of solid wood flooring > 

If you have any questions about any type of flooring, please feel free to contact the Floormaker team for assistance.

White Cork Flooring Cork Flooring

As with wood flooring, cork flooring is derived from trees - but that is where their similarities end. Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree, and whereas hardwood flooring products can only be created by cutting down the tree, cork is harvested from the tree every 8 to 14 years without hurting the tree. This means that cork flooring a wonderfully sustainable choice for the home.

If that's not enough of a benefit for you, you'll be happy to know there are many other benefits of cork flooring - read on to find out all about them.

Eco-Friendly

As mentioned above, cork flooring is harvested in a far more sustainable manner than, say, oak wood flooring. Another benefit of cork flooring is that it generates minimal waste - this is because the flooring products are typically made from the leftover cork used to make wine bottle stoppers, and so cork flooring actually reduces waste rather than creating it. 

Anti-Microbial

Another benefit of cork flooring is that it is great for people with allergies. Cork flooring is naturally resistant to things like mould, mildew and even termites. 

Water Resistant

Though it is not totally waterproof, cork is water-resistant enough that you can use it in your bathroom without worry. As long as the tiles are not left in standing water for too long, cork flooring will work perfectly in a bathroom. We would recommend using a polyurethane finish on your cork floor tiles to make them even more resistant to water. 

Durable

Cork flooring is a surprisingly durable option for the home. Cork floor tiles contain around 50% air, meaning that when pressure is placed on them, the tiles compress and mould to fit the shape of the load. Once the weight is removed, the air returns and the cork flooring recovers its original shape. 

Warm & Cost-Effective

Cork flooring has the unique benefit of being a natural insulator, and so it will retain heat and keep your home warm all year long. This means that cork flooring - in addition to being a very affordable choice in the first place - will also save you money on heating bills!

Browse Floormaker's cork flooring range >