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Jan 27, 2014, 02:17 PM
Leah Ching
Pergo in the bathroom
We installed our pergo floors in the bathroom, we have tile and a porcelain tub that meets the floor. What do you do to cover the 1/4 in gap between the wall and the pergo? Can't exactly nail baseboard in to ceramic or the tub...
Jan 27, 2014, 03:13 PM
Laminate never should have been installed in a bathroom !!!
It will not work and water will get in under it and take out the subflooring.

Jan 27, 2014, 10:09 PM
I'm with Joe on this.

The 'official' word from floating floor manufacturers is that if used in potential wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms that you fill the perimeter gap with a good grade of silicon caulk.

The problem with that is that there is just no way to keep water from getting under a floating floor, even with a good silicon seal. With so much water available to hit the floor in a bathroom, it is simply a matter of time before water gets under the floor, stays trapped and starts to mold. Even worse is the vision of a young lad just out of potty training who has yet to perfect his aim. Just like "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' it's just as true that "what flows under a floating floor is there forever".

Jan 28, 2014, 04:59 PM
Leah Ching
Thank you all for the responses. The pergo was free so we will keep it in there for now. But I'm still wondering what to do where the floor meets the tub?
Jan 28, 2014, 05:30 PM
Not going to hold up but, the best you can do is use some 100% silicone.
That's going to happen is laminate is going to expand and contract and crack the caulking.
Free is not "free" if it does not work.
First thing you'll notice is raised areas where the seams are as it fails.

Jan 28, 2014, 08:30 PM
even if it was the plastic impregnated stuff sold for basement contact, I wouldn't use it in a wet zone like a bathroom. I'm a tile guy with lots of grout sealant for that area.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Jan 31, 2014, 02:00 PM
aint gonna work..pergo is a man made pressed wood fiber product. when it gets wet it will fall apart and turn back into mush/saw dust
Jan 31, 2014, 08:18 PM
I don't disagree with any of the statements above. However:

IF this bathroom was on a concrete slab or in a basement over concrete, I would be less concerned than these guys. Especially since you already have it installed. If it gets wet (toilets can occasionally flood)...well you just tear it out and replace with something meant for wet areas like vinyl or mortared tile.

As far as the gap between the tub and floor, I would use some flexible caulking close to the color of the flooring. Tape along the floor edge and again along the tub before you caulk. Then remove the tape to leave crisp lines. This will make the joint less visible, at least for a while.

"Train" everyone who uses the tub to DRY off and use an absorbent mat before and as they exit the tub and hang all towels to dry. But as others have is probably going to be a temporary floor.

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