Many people have asked us, “Can I use laminate flooring outdoors?”
No, You Can’t
Unfortunately, laminate flooring is not intended for outdoor use. There are some ‘weather-resistant’ laminates on the market, however most laminate floors are made strictly for indoor use. The flooring would warp and rapidly get damaged under changing weather conditions and would not last very long. If you do choose to install outdoors, your warranty will most likely be voided and your project will be at your own risk.
As for spaces such as sun rooms which have a lot of exposure to the outdoors, laminate flooring can absolutely be used. Be sure that your space is not exposed to unusual outdoor temperatures, so keep the heat on that that room during the winter and the A/C on in the summer. Having the proper expansion gap around the perimeter of your room will also help the flooring expand and contract properly, allowing it to fluctuate with changes in moisture and temperature. If the space has a high risk of moisture exposure, such as near a hot tub or swimming pool, it is a good idea to learn more about vinyl plank flooring.
Vinyl plank flooring is a potential option that can be used outdoors. Vinyl plank flooring is 100% moisture resistant so it could work for an outdoor project. You should still keep the weather conditions in mind. Before proceeding with outdoor vinyl flooring installation, check with your manufacturer to make sure your warranty won’t be voided.
Laminate flooring is manufactured with interior use in mind. For your own peace of mind, it is better to avoid the idea of installing laminate flooring outdoors. Look for products that are made with outdoor use in mind and enjoy the outdoors around your home for years to come!