Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom

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I second @ChrisCudmore's recommendation of not using laminate in a wet environment. Consider choosing a flooring type that is less susceptible to degradation via moisture.

That being said, the rule of thumb for determining plank width is to shoot for your starting and ending widths to be greater than 1/2 a whole plank width.

Here's the calculation process:

Measure the width of the span Subtract twice the recommended expansion gap Divide by the width of the plank Take your fraction of a plank remainder, add 1, and then divide by two. Multiply by the width of the plank, and there's your starting and ending row widths.

For multiple width rooms, do this for all the individual widths, and then pick the option that leaves you with >1/2 a plank width all around.

So for example, if you have a room with different widths of say, 67-1/2", 83-3/4", and 71-3/8", using a 5" wide plank you'll end up with starting plank width recommendations of 3-3/8", 3-5/8", and...

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Laminate flooring is a simple way to update your bathroom. Not only is laminate flooring simple, but it also adds a sense of warmth to your bathroom. Many homeowners are spending a lot of time at home, and it is always nice to have a warm, inviting home to relax in. A place that many homeowners spend a lot of time in, is the bathroom. Bathrooms are used by all family members several times throughout a typical day. Therefore, it makes sense to install a floor that you and your family will enjoy. There are some pros to having laminate flooring in you bathroom, as well as some cons.

The pros to having laminate flooring in your bathroom:

• Laminate flooring is very user friendly. Many homeowners love a DIY project, and laminate flooring is one of those. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you can have all of the laminate flooring, moldings, and trim pieces installed in one week-end.

• Laminate flooring will not dent or scratch. Think of the times that a blow...

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Laminate flooring has become a very popular choice for do-it-yourselfers due to the fact that it’s economical, durable, and easy to install. Several varieties of laminate wood flooring are available, offering consumers a vast array of aesthetic choices. Most laminate flooring products share similar characteristics: a pressed wood base; a durable, adhered laminate finish; and a self-locking tongue and groove system. These systems typically do not require fasteners or adhesives – they just lock into place, basically “floating” above the subfloor. Join the At Home channel host, Jeff Wilson, for a tutorial on installing a laminate floor.

Area Prep

Before laying any of the laminate floor it is important to prep the work area and subfloor.

Remove furniture and appliances from the room.

Remove shoe molding and/or baseboard trim as necessary. You will need to install new or salvaged baseboard or shoe molding to cover the expansion gaps at the perimeter of...

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I would never suggest to a client that they would be fine to install even a "moisture-resistant" laminate in a bathroom... After all it says moisture-resistant, not moisture-proof. Yes you can try to eliminate any hassles by running silicone along the edges at walls and around the toilet, and by using a "sealer" on the joints, but still I wouldn't trust it. The problem for me in my mind is that laminate, just like all other woods is predominately a paper/wood product, it needs to expand and contract, so what do you think will happen to the planks/boards if you silicone the expansion gaps? Would it still be able to expand and contract as it should? My answer would be no. Honestly go with something like Fiberfloor by Domco or Easy Street by Taiga, or simply stick with tile. Will cost more initially but the savings in the long run will be well worth...

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Laminate - beautiful and practical material. But often a bath humidity. Normal laminate in such conditions, swells and deteriorating rapidly. Therefore, most of the flooring options are not applicable in the bathroom. But there are exceptions. How to identify them and what are the characteristics of laying laminate flooring in the bathroom - in this article.

Instruction can be laid laminate flooring in the bathroom

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What made water-resistant laminated

Manufacturers offer water-resistant laminate of two basic types.

The laminate with a core of PVC. Vinyl is not afraid of water, in principle, a laminating coating initially waterproof. Therefore, such a laminate can be safely put not only in the kitchen but also in the bathroom. Laminate waterproof basis. Most suffering from moisture part of the multi-layer coating is a board of high density HDF wood boards. An ordinary cover it she instantly swells at high humidity. Special water-resistant...

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When it comes to choosing a bathroom floor, many homeowners want the classic look of hardwood or tile but not the bloated price tag. Laminate provides a smart alternative for tighter budgets. The material has come a long way in recent years and is available in an impressive array of colors and styles that can even be mixed and matched to create interesting and unique designs.

Laminate floors are made from wood chips that are pressed together at high temperatures. That composite material is then covered with a photographic image of hardwood or tile. Although laminate does technically include wood, it isnt as popular as real wood floors among homebuyers. The material allows for upfront savings but will not provide a bump in resale value. Also, the price of laminate will go up depending on the quality of the wood grain or tile image.

Dont let resale value cause you to write off laminate altogether. If you plan to be in your home a long time, the flooring can be a smart...

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We're currently in the process of picking out a hardwood floor (for new construction) and have a design question. The area that will be covered is approximately 700 sq. ft., and is an open area that encompasses the kitchen, dining and living area (it's very loft like).We're leaning toward a multi-width floor (3" - 4" - 5"). Does anyone have a sense of what the visual impact would be (e.g., formal, modern, country)? Also we could go with something other than a 3-4-5 repeating pattern ... for example, 5-3-4-3.

If it's of any help, we're looking at (solid hardwood) products from Chelsea and Homerwood.

From Homerwood:
-- Hickory Smoked Red Saddle -- smooth surface with an oil finish (i.e., not a urethane, and with no shine to speak of)
http://www.homerwood.com/products/collections.asp?CID=4&PID=38

From Chelsea:
-- Hickory Clear Grade, Dark Brown w/ Red Undertone Stain, Satin Finish
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