When it comes to the laundry room flooring, things can get overwhelming and confusing. You might have heard something somewhere, or a retailer misguided you. Some might even believe that laundry room flooring isn’t important enough to be taken into consideration. But actually, it is crucial and can have a significant financial impact if not done properly.
In other guides on D&R Flooring, we have presented you with a variety of choices for every room of the house. Of course, whatever you choose wouldn’t be wrong. But with the laundry room, you can go very wrong. So in this article, we will name the types of flooring that are an absolute NO and name a few of the strong choices we recommend.
Do Not Use Hardwood
We at D&R Flooring strongly recommend against using Hardwood flooring for your laundry room. Hardwood is a great-looking flooring for any house, but because of the appliances used in a laundry room and water use, the risk of a leak is very high compared to other rooms. In addition, hardwood flooring is not waterproof, and it will inflate and deform if it comes in contact with water.
Another key factor to take into consideration is the movement and vibrations of the machines used in this room. For example, washers and dryers tend to vibrate a lot when operating. Plus, you will have to move these machines across the room for different reasons such as cleaning. Moving the heavy appliances will cause scratches and damage to the hardwood flooring underneath, and changing these planks will be very costly.
Do Not Use Laminate
As we have said in our previous articles time and time again, Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for your house. Laminate is a Budget-friendly flooring best used for low traffic spaces and where there is little chance of water spillage. But remember, Laminate floors are not waterproof. They also lack the sturdiness not to be damaged by the weight and vibrations of the laundry room appliances.
Laminate floors must be maintained and cleaned regularly; this will be extremely hard and time-consuming in a laundry room where things can go wrong at any time. So we strongly suggest not using this type of flooring in your laundry room.
Do Not Use Carpet
Carpet sounds like an excellent idea. The soft surface under your feet will make for a cozy environment in any room of the house. However, for a laundry room, this only sounds good. In reality, carpet plus dust and a splash of water is a combination you don’t want to have in your home. The water and the soft fabrics of the carpet will make for an excellent home for bacteria to grow into molds and ruin your cozy laundry room.
Let us not forget to mention that dust from the carpet can also get into the appliances and cause severe damage that will again create a giant financial impact.
Use Engineered Hardwood
As mentioned in previous articles, Engineered hardwood is the same old hardwood flooring with all the upsides and none of the downsides. It has been modified to be sturdy against heavy objects, scratch-resistant, and, above all, waterproof. These options make engineered hardwood one of the best choices in laundry room floorings.
The flooring looks like any old solid hardwood plank, with all the natural textures and colors, but it will last a long time more, and it needs much less maintenance than its predecessors.
Use Luxury Vinyl
Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) is made of a combination of layers that, when put together, create a solid material for flooring. LVF is waterproof and scratch-resistant, making it a perfect choice for your laundry room. In addition, its low maintenance and long life will, by all means, help put your mind at ease and keep your wallet at peace.
Tiles have been used for flooring for generations around the world. They are strong, sturdy, waterproof, and everything you need. Today, tiles come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. There is only one downside when it comes to tiles; unlike LVF, tile is cold to the touch, and that might cause a bit of discomfort when stepping into your laundry room.
So there you have it; the dos and don’ts of flooring for your laundry room. If you’ve had any experience with the types of floorings we have named in this article, or if you think we missed any, please leave us a comment.