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How to make laminate flooring joints more waterproof

Many homeowners wonder how to make laminate flooring joints more waterproof. Typically, laminate flooring is not meant to be glued – however, in applications with high risk of moisture exposure, it is okay to glue the joins. A good quality laminate glue and silicone caulk can help seal your laminate to help make it more resistant to moisture.

How To Do It Right

Glue the locking system of the planks to create a more water resistant connection, however do not glue your laminate to the subfloor as it needs to float. Always use a PVA Type II Glue when gluing laminate flooring planks. Choose one in a bottle so you can regulate the amount of glue that comes out; you’ll need very little glue to complete the job. You can also use silicone caulk in the expansion gaps to prevent any moisture from leaking underneath the planks. This can be done in areas at risk to moisture damage, while still allowing the floor to float properly.

Transitional Kitchen by Santa Barbara Architects & Building Designers Blackbird Architects
Transitional Kitchen by Santa Barbara Architects & Building Designers Blackbird Architects

Consider Vinyl Flooring

If you are installing in an area with high risk of moisture exposure, consider luxury vinyl plank flooring. This 100% water resistant flooring is ideal for kitchen, bathroom and commercial applications. Water can be simply wiped up, and even in the worst case scenario of flooding, the flooring can be uninstalled, dried and re-installed like new.

Berry/Alloc DreamClick Pro River Oak Dark Brown vinyl flooring
Berry/Alloc DreamClick Pro River Oak Dark Brown vinyl flooring

Be sure to always read your manufacturer’s warranty information to be sure your warranty won’t be voided by installing your laminate flooring in a moisture prone environment. If you have any more questions, write us in the comments below and we will help you!

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4 comments

  1. I have a laminate click plank floor. It was installed a couple of months ago. My question is can I use something on the joints to make it water proof like Thompson’s water seal, so water if spilled will not be absorbed and save my lamente floor.

    • Viena Swierczek

      Hi Wayne, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately there is nothing you can use on the surface to make the floor and joints more moisture resistant. If you have areas of concern, for example a kitchen or bathroom, we recommend using wood glue during installation. You can add some glue in the joints, and this will make the surface and joints more resistant to any spills. Since your floor is already installed, you would have to take it apart and reinstall using the glue. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  2. I appreciate this information about how to make laminate flooring joints more waterproof. I was unaware that glue could be a successful solution for this project. It is good to know that one must pay attention and not glue the laminate to the sub floor. It would be good to consider professional help in carrying out this process to ensure quality work.

    • Alana Kane

      Glad it was helpful Jade! Many of our customers opt for professional help with installation, but as long as you follow the manufacturer instructions, you will be fine.

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