Would laminate flooring (Pergo) or engineered hardwood be made
I were to apply a coat of polyurathane to the underside of each piece
before installing? I am trying to avoid edge warping Pergo gets from
drinks spilling and seeping into the edges.
We have Pergo in our kitchen, now. It is not perfect but it is the
cheapest flooring out side of vinyl tiles. Cost is king for right now,
and our carpet is dirty, old --we are near the point that the sub-floor
would be better than this stinking carpet.
For laminates the trick is use laminate glue on the edges like the way its
done before the glueless snap-ins. I have the laminates in my kitchen and
bathrooms without any glue and its fine. A little water is ok just wipe it
My understanding is these floors need to expand and contract. As
mentioned; glue along the tung N groove is enough. Spills, if wiped
right away will not have time to "seep" in or adversely affect the
flooring. OTOH, you don't splash a bucket of water on them for
The floor probably already has a layer of laminate on the bottom. Poly
isn't going to be any more water resistant than that.
Pergo will have instructions on installing the floor in wet environments.
Generally you glue all the pieces together and seal the edges. The floor
doesn't fail from underneath it fails between the planks.
installed correctly (it came with the house). If a liquid spills over
any seam in the Pergo, the seam will wrap no matter how quickly it gets
wiped and dried. I have witness this myself.
And if one responder install Pergo in his bathroom with no problem,
that proves my kitchen floor was not installed correctly.
Thanks for the replies.
Cliff Hartle wrote:
Interesting question.... I have seen pergo get warped from
water. Not nice...
I thought the newest stuff out offered some resistance to
water... (better than previous generations)
When your at your local supplier look at alternatives
and see if something better than pergo exists.. I am sure it does.
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