After completing a basement renovation we find ourselves with a large amount of wood lamanent left over. To save some money, would it be possible to use this in our master bath to get rid of the pink tiles? If so, should remove the tiles or can the lament be installed over them? (We didn't install the lamenent in the basement)
You can install laminate in the bathroom and provided it's a floating laminate floor, you can install it on top of the tile - provided that the tile is fairly level.
However - A floating floor is not the best surface to install in a bath - even though the manufacturers claim you can do it. The problem is that it's impossible to 100% seal the floor from moisture. As it's almost a certainty that a bathroom will see some decent amounts of water on the floor sometime, eventually you will have water that is trapped underneath your floating floor.
It's hard to beat a tile or good quality vinyl floor in a bathroom.
The standard is to have a wet room with a plastic floor and wall covering the floor covering is one piece and goes up the wall some way to create a sort of well in the case of flooding - just checked my bathroom - re-built last year and the floor covering goes up the wall 8cm and the wall covering comes down on top of it. The water outlet from the shower and wsh basin goes under the floor and joins the outlet from the toilet before going into the waste pipe and there is a sort of non-return u-bend that stops anything coming back up. works just fine with no smells
Originally posted by theLuckster8: I'm speaking from experience. We owned a home which had that in the kitchen, entry and bathroom. Even as careful as we were, water got under the floor and caused issues. Go a different route!!!!
Yes we also had the same problem so I will also suggest you no to go with that wood lamanent!!! It will not save your money rather it gives you more trouble in future!!
I don't disagree with other's comments above, but...
If you have quite a bit left over and unused (but not enough to sell for a whole room) then what do you have to loose? It goes in easy, (and will come out pretty easy if water damaged). Make sure to glue joints and caulk around toilet flange and tub, and just be careful about water use/leaks.
Two years ago, I had ceramic put in the main bath, along with the utility area, back entry, kitchen, and dining area. I love it and can't think of anything that I would like that would come close to it. It is so functional and easy to clean, and will last and look great forever.
I wouldn't advise you to install laminate in a bathroom. When water gets underneath, and believe me it will get there sooner that you expect, it will cause problems and eventually you will need to replace the laminate. You will need to find another way of using the left over materials.
But I would be cautious about following any advice from someone that can't follow a simple rule such as "NO ADVERTISING IS ALLOWED". They obviously don't care about doing what is right. Or are incapable of it.
And if they don't care about doing what is right, then their web site is totally untrustworthy and useless.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Re-mdlr,
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Originally posted by Emf: U could put a waterproof membrane down first, like Schluter, then u should be ok.
Actually, no. While a membrane would protect your subfloor, the problem with a floating floor in a high moisture area is that the trapped moisture will either warp and buckle the floating floor, remain under the floor and start to mold or both.
break out the pink tile with a rental hammer drill and broad blade, and any cementatious underlayment. check a hole in the floor someplace, like at an access panel, and if there is more than 1-1/4 inch of solid wood floor, go with Hardie underlayment or Durock over thinset, and retile. that's your longest-lasting option.
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