Flooring In the Bathroom and Laundry Room

So the demo is done, wall is framed, drywall is hung, mudded and sanded, walls are primed and painted and now it is time to move onto flooring.  Normally I go to the big box stores for flooring but I was looking for something a little different this time, a laminate that is water resistant.  I knew there was this huge flooring place nearby called Floor & Decor. I am not sure if you have heard of it before but it is huge!  I reached out to them to see if they wanted to work with me on my project because I really wanted a laminate flooring suitable for bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Water Resitant Laminate Flooring


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So I headed up to Floor & Decor and can I tell you it is HUGE!   And their prices are amazing.  They have every flooring option imaginable.  I love how it is laid out on these rolling walls.  It makes it easy to roll two different floors together to compare.

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I ended up going with an Aquaguard laminate flooring.  I love laminate flooring for a number of reasons.  First of all it is easy to lay, second it is easy to clean, third it looks so nice, and fourth it is very durable.  Laminate has come a long way these days and I find some laminate prettier than real wood flooring.  The thing that I loved about Aquaguard is that is really thick and made for areas that have water issues like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Plus it is only $2.69 a square foot.  I chose Smoky Dusk for the color.  I loved the gray tones to it and I thought it would look great paired with the dark walnut tones I will be using on the countertop and barn door (more on that soon!).

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The sales people there are so knowledgeable, another benefit of going there over a big box store that has to be knowledgeable in all areas of the store.  They recommended the Eco Quiet Ultra Premium underlayment.  It is the top end of underlayments but this was going in a third floor laundry room, in addition to the bathroom, so I was concerned about the washer and dryer noise.  So I decided to go with it. It was easy to lay.  Just cut it with scissors and peel back the sticker and stick it to the subfloor.

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Aquaguard was a tiny bit different to lay.  When you butt the pieces up to each other you just line them up and then hit the seam with a rubber mallet to lock it in place.  And then when you lock the rows into each other you lift up and then shake it in place or just a rubber mallet and a wood block to hit it in place.  There are thousands of tutorials on laying laminate flooring.  So you can google search those if you are going to lay it.  But seriously, out of the flooring to lay, laminate is definitely the easiest and most forgiving.

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What impressed me most was how thick this product was.  It was definitely double the thickness of normal laminate, which is probably what makes it water resistant.  Plus you can wet mop it, which makes it nice in the bathroom!

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In case you are unaware laminate is a “floating floor”.  What locks it down in place is the baseboard and/or shoe molding.  I put this flooring in both the laundry room and bathroom.  The bathroom pictures show the coloring of the flooring better since I get natural lighting in there.

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You can see a sneak peek at the floating vanity and mirror I built.  More on that next week.

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I just love the tones to this wood.  The gray tones are very “in” right now but it has enough browns it in to be classic.  If you are looking for flooring I highly recommend Floor & Decor.  I had such a great experience with them!

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If you missed a part in my bathroom/laundry room remodel click here to get started.

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 1: Demo

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 2: Framing

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 3: Drywall

 

Disclaimer: Floor & Decor provided the flooring for this project.  But all opinions were my own.

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Comments

  1. terrillr says:

    LOVE Floor & Décor, it’s a great place to just wander and get ideas! We installed Aquaguard in our small guest bathroom last October (Belle Isle version) and I love the color. We had some issues with the install, but I’m sure most of that was due to “user errors”. Now that it’s down, we haven’t had any issues and it looks beautiful.

    • Needadvise says:

      Hello, I know this post is a little old, but do you have any pictures? I can’t decide whether to but the coco or belle aquaguard. Also, how is it now? Any noise?

  2. Love it, Beck! Did you install this over existing flooring or tear that up first? This might be a summer project around here. Miss ya!

  3. HI! New to your blog but found it because I’m looking at installing this exact flooring in a bathroom and kitchen. Since you’ve had it for a few months do you have any issues caused by water? It seems so durable and pretty I hope it’s holding up for you. I like your bathroom remodel. Very nice!!!

  4. Nothing but frustrating during installation!!!! My husband was previously in construction and with all of the “easy installation” instructions and videos we figured it would be a breeze. With even the slightest movement or adjustment or even just tapping, the grooves that lock the boards in place would just crumble and break. So much wasted material! The boards themselves seem to look nice and we are still installing so i can’t attest to wear. I called Floor and Decor because nearly every other board was breaking at the grooves and they said they’ve never heard that complaint at all and that maybe we ended up with a bad production batch. I’m a little scared that traffic will crumble the grooves as time goes on and we will be looking at another nightmare of tearing up floor and installing new.

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