Options for sealing laminate floors from water

Discussion in 'Hardwood and Laminates Q&A' started by raterus, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    It would be nice to see the manufacturer make the product more water resistant from the get go.
  2. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Heck I don't know I'm assuming it gets liquid enough to penetrate the joints, the micro bevels I don't think are protected as well, does the protective layer follow the contour of the joint and at least to the top of tongue and middle of groove?
  3. nimrod

    nimrod Pro Member

    It WAS more water resistant ....when it was glued together! But the product like most everything else in our industry was dumbed down to make it easier for DIY ....and therefore to SELL MORE PRODUCT!
  4. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    I installed many of the glued together. Far superior product back then. You are right about dumbing down the products.
  5. Neil Preston

    Neil Preston New Member

    Paste wax

    I was replacing a section of flooring, so the boards were not yet installed. I melted the wax to ensure even application and penetration, and brushed it on the exposed edges of the panels.

    Apparently some responders have some objection to the method, but didn't state what they were. Would you please explain?
  6. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    Im sure it would not be manufacturer approve therefore the installer would be accepting responsibility.
  7. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    There are probably easier methods of moisture protecting the T&Gs of laminate, like shellack used to lightly moisten a clean rag and quickly wipe each edge. Use of a water based product would provide for easier cleanup too.

    The off-hand remarks may be the result of the over-abundance of DIYers over-thinking the job (how's that for a load of hyphens). The old adage is still powerful advice: Keep It Simple.

  8. EazySteve

    EazySteve New Member

  9. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    Do you have formica counters? Try it on there first and see how it works. I don't really see the point in all this sealing talk. The seams are where the moisture gets in. It's the tongue and groove areas that need sealed the most. And most of all, a little care will go much further than any amount of sealer. Dump water on the floor? Mop it up and don't let it sit.
  10. EazySteve

    EazySteve New Member

    Thanks for the reply. It's for laminate floors. I had an instance where a bottle in a case of water leaked overnight and damaged the laminate floors. My laminate is not the safest as it has (gutters) serious black grooves where the boards meet each other

    I'm just trying to find a solution to prevent damage as I don't think this will be the last time
  11. Jackreed

    Jackreed jackreed Charter Member

    Just wondering if paraffin wax would work? You can buy it in small blocks rub on each tongue of laminate.:hu:
  12. Jeff Short

    Jeff Short Veteran Flooring Retailer

    If you're concerned enough about water damage to risk voiding the warranty and ruin the floor, you really ought to consider another product... possibly sheet vinyl or Luxury Vinyl Plank/Tile. Going completely off the reservation and experimenting with home brews to make a product do something the manufacturer never really intended seldom has good results, and might result in damage beyond just ruining the flooring.
  13. The product lists "vinyl" as the "accepted floor" this is to be used with. The "gutters" are bevelled edges that are meant to be there because it helps people feel better about a non-wood floor that looks like wood.

    There is not much you can do. The product states: "For all vinyl, rubber, linoleum, and asphalt floors." Laminate is not mentioned...which scares me.

    This is a "temporary" acrylic wear surface that (if you had vinyl) you would reapply every 3-6 months (wax on, wax off grasshopper) and every 5-6 applications would chemically strip and then start again. Once you go down this road, there is no going back.

    Personally I would save my money and my time and let the laminate die a slow and natural death (you probably have years of service left) and take all that money you saved and go out and purchase a floor that works best with your lifestyle/home.
  14. wood butcher

    wood butcher Charter Member

    I'm pretty sure that some manufactures apply wax to their joints.

    I just recently did a Shaw laminate and wax was oozing out of the joints.
  15. Majwoody

    Majwoody Pro Member

    Just did about 8 pallets of pergo click for a Volkswagen dealership. Came with a glue to use in addition to the click system to aid in protecting against moisture and strengthen the floor to handle cars driving on it. Contact the manufacturer for recommendations. While some of these ideas are creative and sound good, manufacturers run tests and if they can't sell you something as an option, it's probably for a reason. Just fixed a click floor that was caulked to a storefront. The caulking held strong enough to cause the floor to separate from shrinking. This was an LVP though.
  16. Sloa

    Sloa Pro Member

    Ditto what a couple others have suggested. With the new luxury vinyl planks that are marketed as "waterproof" this would be a better option.

    Now that we can get them with the core, the irritating height issues are solved ;)

    The new visuals are really good - check them out.

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