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How Does Water Affect Laminate Flooring?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Brown laminate floor arranged in a pattern Water and laminate flooring do not mix.

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring in homes today.  The lower price point and realistic wood finishes are the perfect choices for homeowners wanting to upgrade or renovate their homes with a luxury feel.  The quality of the flooring has greatly improved over the years, with some brands claiming to offer waterproof laminate flooring.  While this sounds ideal, the idea of completely waterproof laminate flooring is a bit misleading.

Many types of laminate flooring can withstand the wear and tear and occasional spills of everyday use.  As long as a spill is wiped up immediately, most laminate stays in good shape.  Should your home suffer water damage from other sources, such as a leaking appliance or burst pipe, the reality is that your flooring would most likely need to be replaced.

Laminate flooring is manufactured, so once the materials start to take on water, the underside starts to break down due to saturation.  There are signs to look for if you think your laminate flooring might have water damage.  The planks that typically lay flat could start splitting or bubbling.  They could even buckle.  If you notice discoloration or visible mold, your floor is definitely damaged and needs to be replaced.

Should you experience water damage, give the pros at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs a call at 501-776-2222.  We'll take out the damaged laminate and make it "Like it never even happened."

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