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Waterproof Laminate Flooring Review

If something seems too good to be true, that means it probably is. Laminate floors are great in theory, as they claim to be water resistant, durable, and easy to clean.

Or, at least that’s what most laminate companies want you to think.

The reality of laminate is that it’s very difficult to upkeep. Many companies that you’ll purchase from have indecipherable warranties you may have unintentionally voided by cleaning your floors with simple water and soap.

Customers are generally fed up with these companies and policies, and have been looking for other flooring options with a similar look to laminate. Only, without any of the headaches involved.

Are you ready for the next generation of laminate? Just wait until you hear about the next big flooring trend.

The Usual Laminate

You’ve already heard all about solid and engineered hardwood floors, but what’s the deal with legitimate laminate?

Laminate floors are traditionally made of layers of mixed wood and a plastic top layer. Because of their less-than-traditional composition, they come with their fair share of pros and problems.

Here’s what living with traditional laminate is like:

Not-so-Water Resistant

Many laminate floor brands say they’re water resistant. That’s great if you live in a normal household that drops a glass of juice every so often.

What many of these brands don’t tell you is if you leave any water or liquid on the floor for even a few minutes, your laminate will be doing the time warp while you’re left figuring out how to fix your new fun-house-esque floors.

When water gets between the laminate planks, the shiny top layer will be unbothered. The reason your floor will start to bubble up like a casserole is because the fiberboard core will crumble when exposed to any sort of liquid.

That’s certainly a huge downside, which is why many people stray away from using laminate in water prone areas like kitchens, bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms.

But wait: If you’re a die-hard laminate fan and have been waiting to use it in every nook and cranny of your house, there’s hope for you yet.

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How to Waterproof Water Resistant Laminate

One option to make laminate the future feature of your kitchen is to talk to a professional about waterproofing your existing laminate. Because the problems with laminate occur when water gets through the cracks, this solution normally involves caulking between each and every board.

If that sounds like a tedious and time consuming process, that’s because it is a tedious and time consuming process. Companies thought that there had to be a better way to waterproof laminate… and now there is.

Welcome to the market, 100% plastic laminate floors.

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Waterproof Laminate Brands

People wanted waterproof laminate, so flooring companies delivered.

There are a variety of brands that specialize in making wood-look floors without any of the hassle that comes with caring for traditional wood, vinyl, or laminate.

Here are some of the brands out there that specialize in waterproof laminate flooring:

Parcolys Flooring

If you’re looking for a floor that is 100% waterproof, is 100% recyclable, is anti-stain, has a 20 year residential warranty, is resistant against UV rays, and is able to be cleaned with simple water and soap, Parcolys is the laminate for you.

Based out of Belgium, this company offers residents in Europe both residential and commercial wood and stone look laminate options.

The only downside this company has is their location. If you’re near Belgium with an empty plane to transport a home’s worth of flooring by next week, you’re set. However, most of us won’t be able to realistically purchase this product any time soon without US showrooms.

Dumaplast

If you’re ready for the next big thing in flooring, get ready for 100% PVC flooring. This is essentially the same as the plastic laminate flooring described above, but with a few added perks.

Dumaplast’s Finesse flooring has the underpad built into the product, is sound proof, is 100% waterproof, and is eco friendly. This makes installation of the floors easy and ensures for stress-free maintenance in your basement, kitchen, bathroom & other wet areas.

Like Parcolys, Dumaplast is unfortunately only currently available in European countries.

Aquastep

Originally a subset of Parcolys, Aquastep is now its own brand that offers a waterproof and extra-strong fully plastic laminate floor.

Aquastep is strong enough to use in kitchens, in bathrooms, and even in your garage. Thankfully, the company guarantees you won’t need to worry about buckling, gaps, or warping with your new floors.

The good news here is that Aquastep is available in the US. Though there is only one offering dealer in Massachusetts, you can potentially have the floors shipped to your home.

The bad news: this company is still based abroad. Meaning, it may be difficult to communicate if any issues, though improbable, arise.

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The Verdict?

Fully plastic laminate, though a good idea in theory, seems to be very popular across the pond and not so much locally. That means that customers in the US will need to wait a while to get excited about using these products in their own homes.

The good news is that because fully waterproof laminate is growing in popularity, it is not a stretch to say that we will be able to see an increase in brands offering this product domestically in the next few years.

In the meantime, you can still contact your contractor about waterproofing your existing laminate to make it last longer until you can replace it with one of the brands listed above. That, or you can take a road trip up to Massachusetts and be the first in your state to have these one-of-a-kind floors.

Do you have laminate in your home? Are you excited about the arrival of waterproof laminate or are your one of the few with it in your home? Comment below and tell us your thoughts.

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Ashley Rose Marino

About Ashley Rose Marino

Ashley is the owner and principal of Ashley Marino Designs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and loves anything and everything home related. When not designing interiors, she’s hopping on an airplane across the country and writing about what she knows best. Visit Website.

25 thoughts on “Waterproof Laminate Flooring Review”

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    I thought I had this all figured out – install “waterproof” not “water resistant” laminate in my 1,800 sq. ft. central Florida home. I have a pool and large dogs who like the pool. After reading these reviews I’m having second thoughts. Tile is a second option but not to my liking. Anyone have experience with “waterproof” laminate and pool homes?

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    Thomasena Sanderlin

    I heard about this company, Cali Bamboo, that sells waterproof laminate. Has anyone checked it out?

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    Hello! I am trying to find a laminate with a high gloss finish in a light color, not too busy (off white or light beige). My decor is ultra modern. What I have been able to find in an off white does not have a sheen and does not accent my decor.

    Please let me know where I can find this type of laminate. I do not want hardwood. Thank you for your response!

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    Can you provide opinions of most durable, waterproof flooring in preferably engineered or laminate wood flooring?

    Thank you,
    Dara

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    I have lifeproof in my kitchen and bathroom. It is available at Home Depot. It is waterproof and well made with a variety of colors.

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    Pergo WetProtect claims to be waterproof. It is available at Lowe’s. I like the Fiji Acacia. It is 10 mm, costs $2.58 per sq ft (1-3-19) and requires an underlayment. Pergo Gold strongly recommended (60 cents less per sq ft). Click-lock install. Sample is $1 from Lowe’s. There are 14 different colors/textures. I’m trying to find a stone lookalike, and Pergo doesn’t make one yet. You can probably see them at your local Lowe’s.

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      Timbercraft is not 100% waterproof, the core is not.. if you don’t caulk and put the strips along the wall it can swell. Take a piece and drop it in water… LVP is a better product.

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    If y’all think about it, the cheapest hardwood flooring I’ve found is $1.49-1.89 sqf, why would you want to pay $3 per sqf for plastic if you can get solid wood floors for cheaper and raise your home value. I’m from europe, and yes 90% of the people only use waterproof laminate because it’s very cheap there.

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      Are hardwood floors waterproof? We have rescue dogs and because they are already adult when we adopt them, sometimes they never stop marking.

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    I’m still looking for waterproof laminate, and I think republic is coming out with a laminate that has a limestone core, or waterproof mineral core. Not a wood based core.

    Republic already has a triple resistant wax seam floor. Not sure if I want to spend the money on engineered wood flooring.

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    I am on Floor & Decors website looking at the Aquaguard and comparing the two products. It seems the Aquaguard is just water resistant, where Aqua Step is completely waterproof. It states right on their installation instructions, the product is not waterproof and requires a moisture barrier. You also can’t install this over radiant heating, Aqua Step shows you can. Aquaguard is def less expensive, but def not the same type of quality or benefits.

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      Christine L miller

      I bought aquaguard for my kitchen. I have had so many problems trying to install it, a lot of the boards were chipped on top so you can’t use them unless you can hide them in a corner. The connector lines on the sides peel off. It is a horrible product, do not waste your money.

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    Trying to be patient while waiting for this as a flooring option! We installed laminate throughout our home back in 2006. It’s still beautiful save for the “spots” our incontinent pups have ruined when we didn’t catch/find the liquid in time! I’m not sure what people complain about with regard to cleaning laminate. When it needs to be “mopped” 15 minutes with a steam mop does the trick!

    I would love to replace our floors with waterproof laminate as soon as it becomes available. I’ve visited the aqua-step website but no pricing available and I’m guessing it’s off the charts since they’re the only game in town! LOL!

    Thanks for this article which relieves me of the chore of continuing to research this flooring since now I know it’s not yet available!

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      Christi Christian

      Hi. Did you look at Builddirect? I’ve ordered some samples from them and am very impressed with the ones i’ve gotten. Still trying to decide but I am thinking of ordering the flooring and just installing it myself.

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