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The Best Flooring for Laundry Rooms and the Worst

The Best Flooring for Laundry Rooms and the Worst

The laundry room is a heavily used utilitarian space. It encounters moisture on a regular basis, soap spills, bleach spills, and more. If you need to replace your laundry room flooring, what is the best option to stand up to these elements?

The Best Flooring Options

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile is, of course, vinyl tile that mimics the look of more expensive materials. This type of vinyl has a clear topcoat that protects the vinyl itself from wear. This top layer allows your flooring to be waterproof and stain resistant. This is a great budget flooring option.

Ceramic Tile

The next tier in durability are ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are still budget friendly while boasting incredible lifespans. They can typically handle moving washers and dryers without sustaining scratches. And of course, with the proper sealant, ceramic tiles are water and stain resistant. Simply sweep and mop the area on a regular basis to keep the tiles clean.

Stone Tile

One of the most durable options you can buy comes in the form of stone tile. This is a more expensive option than the others we’ve mentioned, but when you consider the fact that they should last you 20-100 years or more, the long-term cost is low. They also offer higher resale value in homes, which may also affect you when considering the upfront cost.

Laminate Floor

Laminate flooring is another popular option for laundry rooms. They are so easy to install with their interlocking planks that many homeowners take on installing them on their own. The top layer is extremely durable, and it maintains its color very well even when faced with heavy wear.

The Worst Flooring Options

Ok, now that we have gone through the best laundry room flooring options, let’s briefly touch on the worst options.

It probably does not need that much explaining, but the first option on our list is carpet. Carpet is a fibrous material, and the accompanying padding underneath is quite absorbent. Needless to say, high moisture areas and carpet is just a recipe for mold and mildew.

Next up on our worst options list is hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is charming and welcomed most places in a home, but the laundry room is not one of them. Hardwood is extremely susceptible to change in the presence of moisture and water. In addition, it can ​ become easily scratched. Don’t waste your money installing hardwood in such a utilitarian space.

And the last option that you should steer clear of for your laundry room is bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring can be quite durable under normal circumstances, but when up against water and regular foot traffic, it fails. Regular exposure to moisture can cause it to rot, warp, splinter, or crack.

All that being said, there are plenty of sturdy laundry room flooring options that you can go with. If you opt for tile floors of any kind, your friends here at the Grout Medic can help you maintain them. We can clean, repair, or replace any and all tile and grout in your home.

By Grout Medic 7-1-2022

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