Laundry rooms can be damp, messy places. The laundry room is a place where clothes are sometimes hung to drip dry, and where laundry detergent is often spilled on the floor. In this room, people take off their muddy shoes to be washed in the utility sink. Many also fail to clean their laundry room with the carefulness with which they clean parts of their home where people spend more time, like the living room, bedroom, and bathroom.
Knowing all of this, it’s important to choose your laundry room flooring carefully. It must be stain-resistant, water-resistant, easy to clean, long-lasting, and resistant to scratches when the time comes to replace your washer and dryer. What kind of flooring fits the bill? There are many choices. Not only are there a ton of options, but what is the best flooring for a laundry room is one of our most common questions we get, so let’s dive in a little deeper.
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Vinyl is durable, long-lasting and comes in a range of different types.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is a high-end vinyl that bears resemblance to real wood. Vinyl planks come in a range of colors, and most are textured and shaped like real hardwood planks. They’re waterproof when properly installed. Get help from a professional with installation to ensure the job is done right.
Vinyl sheets are inexpensive, long-lasting and totally waterproof because they’re seamless. Vinyl sheets are also very affordable compared to some other types of flooring. They’re not considered high end, but for a homeowner seeking a utilitarian flooring option in the most understated room of the house, vinyl sheets are a good option.
Vinyl tiles are a classic laundry room flooring material. They’re water resistant, come in a range of colors and can even be textured to resemble other materials like stone.
Concrete flooring may already be your laundry room flooring material if your home sits on a concrete slab. It’s easy to clean and highly durable.
Some homeowners like the utilitarian appearance of concrete, others try not to think about it. If you’re unhappy with the way your concrete laundry room floor looks, contact a flooring contractor for etching, staining or painting services.
Laminate wasn’t a great option for laundry rooms until a few years ago when more manufacturers started producing waterproof options.
This hardwood look-alike is easy to clean, easy to maintain and worth the money if you’re in love with the look of hardwood (without the maintenance). Unlike real hardwood, it never needs to be refinished and should be highly scratch resistant.
Engineered wood is made from real wood. Unlike a solid wood plank, engineered wood is designed in layers to improve its dimensional stability, so it won’t warp, buckle, shrink or expand like hardwood floors tend to do.
Since engineered wood is made from real wood, visitors to your home won’t be able to tell the difference. Tell the flooring contractor that you’d like to install engineered wood in your laundry room so your contractor can point out the most durable options available.
Ceramic tile is waterproof and scratch resistant, and comes in a range of colors and styles. It’s durable and long-lasting, but it can be slippery when wet.
Your contractor can help you choose a non-slip product, or you can address some of the slippery qualities by laying down a rug in high-moisture areas around the washing machine and utility sink. Grout lines between ceramic tile can get dirty easily, so sealing the grout is an important maintenance task you’ll need to perform from time to time.
Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone tile lasts a lifetime, if it’s properly cared for and sealed. The downsides? It’s a little more costly than some other types of flooring, and like ceramic tile, the grout between stone tiles requires maintenance if you want to keep them clean.
Stone tile can also be etched by chemicals, and it’s porous. To protect your floors, you’ll want to keep them properly sealed. Your flooring contractor can seal your floors upon installation, and can also show you the best sealer to use in the future, if you plan to do it yourself next time it needs to be done.
Some people just love hardwood in every room. The problem with standard hardwood planks is its susceptibility to warping from moisture like puddles and drips. Plus, if your laundry room should ever flood, you’ll likely need to replace your hardwood floors.
Fortunately, some types of hardwood flooring are manufactured to be highly water resistant, with a tight seal between planks. Talk to your flooring contractor to see if this specialty product falls in your budget.
Replacing the Flooring in Your Laundry Room? Work With the Professionals
May River Flooring Company has flooring ranging from vinyl to hardwood, stone and more. We offer complete flooring and tile solutions for your home! Come view our show room and talk to our experts to find out which flooring type is best for your laundry room. Usually, your laundry room is close to the kitchen, make sure to check out our kitchen floor buying guide.