If you’re thinking about remodelling your laundry room, you will have to be cautious about what kind of flooring you choose. No matter if your appliances are brand-new or older, all laundry machines produce moisture, heat, and movement. This can cause severe damage to flooring materials so the materials you choose has to be resistant to leaks, scratches, and dents. They should be water-resistant, if not water-proof, durable, and easy to clean.
Furthermore, laundry room floors have a lot of traffic so should be able to withstand the wear and tear that comes from regular use. Keep reading to learn what type of flooring you should avoid, why, and what flooring is best for laundry rooms.
1. Sheet Vinyl
Sheet vinyl is one of the most water-proof materials on the market. It comes in a large roll and installation requires an adhesive that will cement it to the subfloor. Sheet vinyl is available in lots of different colours and styles and is durable to leaks. The only downside to sheet vinyl is that it can be punctured quite easily, rendering its waterproof capabilities moot. If you have to move your laundry machines, sheet vinyl can be scratched. Other bonuses are that it is easy to clean and it is fairly inexpensive.
COREtec is soft on the feet, doesn’t hold odours, and is very water-resistant. It comes in planks that look like hardwood flooring, or in tiles that look like stone. It is resistant to mildew and mold, and comes in a variety of different styles, colours, and widths, so it is easy to find one you will love. It is durable, so will hold up well to the high traffic of a busy laundry room, and is easy to clean.
Tile is probably one of the most durable choices for a laundry room floor. There are tons of styles and colours to choose from, and you can create your own design. If installed correctly it is water-proof and extremely durable.
4. Luxury Vinyl
One of the higher-end choices for flooring, luxury vinyl comes in planks that are waterproof. One caveat is that water can seep into the seams so you must make sure not to allow any water to sit on the floor. Luxury vinyl comes in a wide range of styles and different qualities so always be sure to choose one with a good wear layer to make it last longer in your laundry room.
5. Solid Hardwood
Hardwood flooring is great throughout a house, but not in the laundry room. The high humidity and risk of leaks, vibration, and heavy washer and dryer all add up to a disaster waiting to happen. If you ever need to move the machines for repair, there’s pretty much no way to do it without damaging the flooring. Any leaks will cause crowning and buckling.
If you are determined to have hardwood in your laundry room, think about a wood-look material that is more suited to the environment of such a room.
6. Laminate Flooring
The reason that laminate flooring isn’t an ideal choice for a laundry room is the threat of leaks. Any water on the floor will seep into the seams and the inner material will absorb the moisture, causing warping.
You might like soft, cushiony carpet underneath your feet, but carpet fibres will trap dust and dander, two things that mold will eat and then thrive within.