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Question DetailsAsked on 8/15/2017

What is the best waterproof/resistante flooring that has a wood look? brand etc appreciated

We have had major issues with our current laminate and are looking into options. There is so much out there its hard to know whats good and whats not. Thank you for you help

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Sounds like you are using laminate in a wet environment - not a good solution for kitchens and baths and mudrooms for instance. Your "waterproof" choices are a "hard surface" like tile (which now comes in squares and planks which have simulated wood appearance), or a wood appearance 100% vinyl product - a snap vinyl strip flooring for instance (which with some brands can be taken up and mostly reused (keep a box of spares if you go that route) if water gwets in under them - made by many flooring companies like Pergo and Mannington and Armstrong and such. In my experience the Pergo is pretty tough and totally waterproof, can't vouch for or against the others though have not heard bad things about them - you need to be sure to get a product which is 100% vinyl, with zero wood or fiber filler.

Sheet 100% vinyl flooring is also available - though same issue of having to scrap it if water gets in under it because uyou cannot peel it up without damaging it if full-adhesive bonded. (There are no-glue ones that are only baseboard held down at the edges, but bulge and tear and do other nasty things so I recommend against them).

With any plank or sheet product you still have the issue of water possibly getting in under the edge and lifting it/swelling the underlayment - which is why many contractors and designers say use tile or stone flooring in wet areas.

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