Installing laminate flooring in the bathroom
We are planning on installing some type of laminate (undecided) which will stand up to wear in the bathroom.
Obviously the laminate needs to be installed under the toilet. We do not know what "under the toilet" currently looks like as it has never been taken off. I guess we'll deal with that when the time comes.
Not sure though, how the laminate and the toilet exist together, because there will be a layer of foam under the flooring. If we tighten the toilet down, won't it press permanently on the cushiony flooring causing it to buckle? Perhaps there is some other method of dealing with this problem, so that the flooring will not looked pressed upon under the toilet.
How do you physically install the toilet on top of the laminate flooring?
Also, is there some kind of extremely flexible molding we could use around the base of the tub, as it is an older model tub, and the surface that needs the molding, is not constantly a straight line.
Thanks for any help you can give!
If you can stomach the mess, go for it
We bought a condo that had laminate installed in all three bathrooms (this place has too many bathrooms, yes). OK, they did not seal the thing as some of you described.
Two months after we moved in, the tub's drain system had a little leak. Moisture built up under the Pergo and damaged it. The plumber replaced a gasket and the leak was fixed. Lucky enough I was able to replace the two rows of Pergo next to that tub.
Two years later we started using bathroom #2 for a bit. My wife noticed that the Pergo in there is slowly expanding. Turns out that the shower needs a regrouting job. While we are at it, we will put in tile flooring as well.
Before I would put laminate in a bathroom, I would cut off a small sample and put it into a bucket of water for some days.